This quote from Martin Luther challenges me to pray:
“Our prayers are answered much differently—actually more generously—than we could ever ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20-21)… We always ask for less than we should and don’t even think God is willing to give us what we ask for. We don’t ask the right way. We don’t understand that what we pray about is more important than we can comprehend. We think small, but the Lord is great and powerful. He expects us to ask for great things. He wants to give them to us to demonstrate his almighty power.”
With that challenge to ask for great things, I invite you to join with me in four prayers:
1. Pray for wisdom for your Ministerial Team
On Tuesday your Ministerial Team will spend the day seeking God’s guidance and making plans for ministry for the next year and beyond. There are some “great things” that we have already talked about. Pray that the Holy Spirit rest upon us as we think how we can reach more people with Jesus’ love.
2. Pray that a Generous God continues to make us a Generous People with a Generous Vision
The year 2018 is a quadruple anniversary: 60th Anniversary of the Centennial Gym, 50th Anniversary of our school, 40th Anniversary of our church building, and 5th Anniversary of The Bridge. As part of our celebration, we are planning facility improvements. More information will be coming soon.
3. Pray for Lutheran Schools Week
Next week we will celebrate the blessing our Lutheran school is to our ministry. Pray that more families might enroll their children. If you would like a tour or just more information, contact our School Administrator Seth Fitzsimmons at .
4. Pray for our Mexican Mission Partner
This week I spoke with our former teacher Dan Thiel who is serving with Costa Maya Ministries on the Yucatan Peninsula. He will be in town next Sunday, so we hope to have him available to share his experiences with us. Watch a short video about this ministry here.
Dinner Sunday – February 18
A week from this Sunday is our annual chicken dinner. It is a great time to enjoy a meal together with other members of your St. Paul’s family. Worship with us and then come down to the Centennial Gym. Serving starts at 10 am.
Join us online
We love to see you in worship at any of our weekend worship services. Sometimes you can’t join us in person. Last week, because of the snow, our attendance was down, but there were 58 people watching The Bridge live at 10:15 am and many others who watched the message later from our main website. We are glad that we can share the love of Christ both in person and online!
Ash Wednesday – February 14
We will observe the beginning of Lent with our 3:30 and 7:00 pm Ash Wednesday services. A soup supper will be hosted by our Quilting Fellowship between the services.
See the attached News and Notes to learn about call decisions, an update on our efforts to help those in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, upcoming men's, women's, couple's and veterans retreats, and new Bible studies starting February 18.
I hope that you are enjoying the snow! “Though your sins are like scarlet; they shall be as white as snow” (Isaiah 1:18).