Something happened when I was ordained and began to serve in a congregation. I was suddenly looked upon as the "Pray-er in Chief" - at meetings, when visiting the sick, at parish meals and in Sunday worship. Mind you, in seminary, no one taught us the perfect prayers for every situation. I do my best when I pray in quiet, lifting up with simplicity those who need God: (God, please bless [name]. You know what he or she needs.) But when I pray in the gatherings of the faithful or at the side of a hospital bed, I often don't know which words to use, while keenly aware that many people expect that I will pray the "perfect" prayer, one that reaches God's ears better than their prayers ever would. A recent article in
Christian Century explores our belief that when we find the right way to pray, we can somehow change God's mind or spur God to action, as if God did not wish healing for us in the first place. The writer of the article suggests we change our focus from "praying to God" to "God praying in us." If you would like to read more, here is the article: https://www.christiancentury.org/blog-post/prayer-works—-not-way-so-many-suppose
This evening, we will have the last in our series of midweek Lenten meals and discussion at St. Mark, beginning at 5:30 pm. Tonight, we'll look at Luther's explanation of Holy Communion. The parish is providing the meal, so all you have to do is show up!
Floyd County Department of Social Services is looking for donations to its "Bare Necessities Program," which provides items for the lowest income members of our community. These items are not covered by public assistance programs but are necessary for daily life. If you would like to contribute to this program, you can bring your donations to church or by the church office or you can drop them off at the Social Services office. Donation products include;
*Toothpaste (adult and child)
*Toothbrushes (adult and child)
*Shampoo (adult and child)
*Soap (women's, men's and child's)
*Deodorant (women's and men's)
*Cleaning products (Clorox Wipes, Mr. Clean, toilet bowl cleanser, dish soap)
LewisGale Hospital Pulaski is establishing a "Road to Recovery" program in our area. They are in urgent need of volunteers in the Floyd County area to drive cancer patients to their life-saving treatments at the LewisGale Regional Cancer Center in Pulaski.
If you are interested in learning more about the program, call Carolyn Howell at the LewisGale cancer registry at 540-994-8545 or email her at Carolyn.email@example.com.
You are invited to a birthday celebration for Dick Geissler at Zion on Saturday, April 22nd, from 1:30-3:30 pm. If you will be able to attend, Diane asks that you email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave her a voice mail message at 745.3667.
Help make our new pictorial directory as complete as possible by signing up for a portrait. Not only will your picture be in the new directory, you'll receive a free 8X10 portrait. Portraits will be taken at Zion, on April 25 and 26. You can sign up at church the next two Sundays or you can email or call me. We are asking people to sign up now to see if we need to add another day of appointments. Our directory will not be complete unless you and your family are in it.
But let justice roll down like waters,
and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
- Amos 5:24