Monday, April 27, 2009

Prayer Update - April 27, 2009

Featured Church/Mission: Exeter Presbyterian Church (Pastor Steve Magee)
1. Please pray for those who will have attended our first Big Questions forum on Bioethics on May 1st. Our panel (Exeter's State Senator Maggie Hassan, local pathologist Phil Tisdall, and OPC pastor Greg Reynolds), will speak from different perspectives on the question of human dignity, and the limits that a respect for this places on scientific research. Pray for the forum itself, and then especially for whatever fruitfulness the Lord will choose to bring from this event after the forum.
2. Thank God for His provision of two additional elders and a new deacon, and for the peace that we have enjoyed together as leaders and as a congregation. Our three year theme is Unity in Christ, in prayer, word, and service.
3. Please pray for our expanding weekly Women's Study groups that Candy is leading. They are studying heaven together. Please also pray for a GriefShare class that Candy and I are planning to lead beginning in September.
4. We are studying the Kingdom of God and the Means of Grace for the next ten weeks in adult Sunday School. Please pray that we will all seek and find greater communion with God and further fruitfulness of faith working through love as a result of these studies. Please also pray for the good use of the daily and weekly written tools that are produced for the spiritual growth of those who wish to use them.
5. Ask the Father to draw people in the Exeter area to His Son, and to gather people into the churches, people who are attempting to live Christian lives by themselves- people with no vital connection to the visble church- people who used to worship God with others but ran away from the church and/or were somehow driven away by churches.

Featured Potential Church Planting Site: seacoast of southern Maine
1. Pray for the people of Saco, Biddeford, and Old Orchard Beach, located south of Portland on the Atlantic coast.
2. Pray for the progress of the Reformation of the church in this region and for the raising up of those who would be involved in planting a PCA church in these communities.

MNA Committee work:
Pray for the committee’s upcoming meeting on May 14. Pray for wisdom as the committee continues to work with potential ministry partners and consider questions related to filling open pulpits in non-PCA churches in the region.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Prayer Update - April 13, 2009

Featured Church/Mission: Christ the Redeemer, Portland, ME (Pastor Doug Warren)
1. Praise God for working out the house sale and purchase for Ken and Linda Morris moving to Lewiston from St. Louis to help with the church plant Free Grace.
2. Praise God for a group of folks interested in the up-coming Introduction to Christ the Redeemer Presbyterian Church class in early May.
3. Pray for guidance regarding our current facility and future needs (ie Ministry Center and 24/7 space).
4. Ask Him to bless our relationship with the OPC church.
5. Ask Him to give our deacons wisdom as they work on the budget draft.
6. Ask Him to bless our efforts as a community of faith in demonstrating Christ’s grace to neighbors, co-workers, and friends.

Featured Potential Church Planting Site: Lakes Region, Maine
1. Pray for the people of the thirteen towns that make lakes region of central Maine.
2. Pray for the further establishment of the church in this region and for ministry opportunities among the many summer visitors to the area.

MNA Committee work:
Pray for the ongoing work of the committee in working with men interested in ministering in the region.

Northern New England Presbytery:
Pray for the presbytery meeting on April 18. Pray for wisdom and safety in travel for the elders attending.