Traces of Graces
Online Worship this Sunday
Don’t miss Father’s Day Online Worship.
This week features special music with the Alkuino Family and don’t miss the children’s message with Linda Sabin. Pastor Sam will be bringing a special message on “Father’s Day.” We will be looking at the life of David again and how he faced his future in 1 Samuel 18:1-16. “Looking to What's Ahead” as we continue our “Presence Matters Most Series.” You can view this from our website (www.fumccollingswood.org) or our Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/CollingswoodFUMC/.
Thought for Today
This week we began our daily prayer times on the porch where people gather to pray and to open and share our hearts together with the Lord. We have been speaking for a while about how His “presence matters.” In our lives and spaces and places we go, how we need the presence of God’s Holy Spirit to be our joy, comfort and guide. The good news in John's gospel is that Jesus said He would!
Our porch prayers are open to EVERYONE; our church family has been coming and we have been inviting our community to come, too.
In fact, we now have small signs out advertising the prayer meeting at my house and around the church property. Our focus is simple...we seek the Lord together. We give thanks, and share concerns and hope! The other day a neighbor saw the sign while walking. She stopped and shared her heart and some concerns. The neighbors are asking questions and we are inviting them to come. Some are sharing their stories with me as they walk by and see the sign. People are hurting everywhere these days. Throughout the week, I had several conversations. As I shared this with some of our leaders, Steve Schoch suggested that we find a way to encourage people to share their prayer concerns. We are putting a prayer box in front of the parsonage where people can leave their prayer needs. So that’s now coming together and as people walk by they can share their concerns too!
The days and times are challenging. I don’t need to list what we all are experiencing. We have been hearing some amazing answers to prayer along with challenges and fears. We are praying for you. We are praying for Collingswood and beyond our borders for a move of God's love and grace in the hearts of people like never before. We need a genuine move of God to touch us deeply to see things really change. My prayer is, “May that begin in me.” We are praying for a revival of God's love, grace, forgiveness, mercy and reconciliation where needed to bring times of fresh hope, unity, peace and healing and that people would recognize their need for God first through the power of His Spirit in their lives.
I love this scripture . . . Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!--1 Chronicles 16:11
Sometimes I encounter people who ask me, “Pastor, why should I pray?" Prayer isn’t just asking God to do something; it’s allowing God to reveal Himself and His will to you. So spend time in prayer, opening yourself up to God and allowing Him to guide you and reveal His plan in your life!
My prayer list…
Grateful for God’s mercy and grace.
Grateful for my family, church family and the opportunities of serving others in this community.
Grateful for during this pandemic, your faithfulness to prayer, each other, and your generosity to the kingdom and being there for one another and others.
In our opportunity to continue to grow together this summer, still safe distancing, may we find ways to allow God to use us in prayer, worship and serving and in our generosity. The church deeply appreciates your faithfulness as we have great financial challenges at this time please continue to pray and give as God leads you!
Pray for a hurting world today. As many are praying for healing for the pandemic, others are praying for God's love to help us deal with the racial differences once and for all for everyone. Lord help each us love one another!
If you have any prayer concerns or ways we can serve you, please let us know. We desire to journey with you even through these days of safe distancing. Remember, you are loved!
In His Grace,
Pastor Sam and the Staff
New Opportunities for Prayer...
Every Wednesday Noon Time Prayer (ZOOM)
Join us every Wednesday for time of prayer and sharing with the staff. You can join on video or call in. Please join us as we seek the Lord together!
Daily Prayer on the Porch
As your pastoral staff is trying to navigate with you through these days, Pastor Sam has felt led to open the front porch of the parsonage, with social distancing, for anyone to come by for a simple prayer time. The porch will be open Monday through Thursday beginning June 15, 2020, from 12:00noon -12:30 pm. (638 Park Ave). Wear your mask please! We know there is power in prayer when God’s people bring themselves before Him. We can cast our every care before the Lord each day, knowing He cares… prayer can surely make a difference!