Prayer and Praise
“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.” - Proverbs 16:9
Prayer - "Lord, We know it is You and only You who possess the power to direct our steps. We pray that our plans would align with your plans for our lives. We know we can trust that the plans you have for our lives are good. We pray that you will direct each and every step we make, allowing us to be influenced by your Holy Spirit and grace. May we trust the plan you have for our lives each day. May our steps glorify you in all the things we say and do for your honor and glory. In the name of Jesus we give you thanks. Amen"
(Adapted Prayer from an Anonymous Source)
Please pray for the following people and concerns:
Update on Joy Evans...
August 11th update from Claire Evans - "Mom’s first full day at Magee and it was filled with lots of initial meetings - with the doctors, residents, therapists, and more. They are working on figuring out the plan and goals for her rehabilitation over the next few weeks. We think she got better sleep last night, which was an answer to prayers and we are hoping to see further benefit from the therapeutic environment at Magee. Please visit CaringBridge for updates and you can encourage the family there, as we keep Joy and Craig and Claire and Neil in our prayers."
*** Please visit CaringBridge for updates and you can encourage the family there!
Please pray for Gene Kosich (Mary Beth Kosich’s Mom) as she had a stroke and is in the hospital.
Please pray for Jenn DePaul (Gary & Kathy McGaurn's daughter) who is having some knee issues.
Pray for Dana and Debbie Cherry's family as they leave for Germany.
From the Alber Family - "You make plans and God laughs!" That was one of my (Barbara) mom's favorite sayings. It was yet another disappointment, but we made the hard decision to cancel our temporary move to Orlando. If the COVID climate in Florida improves over the next month or so we may still go for a few weeks, but for now Bob is continuing to meet virtually with his colleagues as he launches the new MK Caregiving Ministry.
Pray for Don and Esther Parsons in the midst of ministry transition. Pray for wisdom and discernment in their journey.
Rev. Dr. Charles Sayer, one of the great saints of many, drew his last breath this week and entered into the church triumphant. He was 100 years old. Pastor, friend and mentor to many, he was first and foremost a disciple of Jesus Christ and a transformational spiritual leader for all of South Jersey. He had a heart to reach people for Jesus Christ and to be Christ in the world feeding the hungry, working for justice and helping to establish mission work in the city. Many here at First Church also know Dr. Sayer for his work at Fellowship House and throughout Camden as well.
Rev. Sayer served Mercerville Church, Cranbury Church, as Executive Secretary for the Board of Education, First United Methodist Church Asbury Park and Haddonfield United Methodist Church. He retired in 1990. Rev. Sayer will always be remembered as hopeful and encouraging, two of the finest qualities of any servant of Christ. Today we praise and thank God for the life of Rev. Charles Sayer.
Pray for the many that still are being infected by Covid-19, and their families. Also pray for hospital and frontline workers all across our country and world. We pray for God’s healing grace and strength.
Pray for God’s love and grace and healing upon our country and world at this time.
Pray for our outside Summer Gathering on Sunday night August 16th at 7pm in the Volleyball court. This will be a special time to gather as we focus on Psalms and share stories that guide us into proclaiming God’s goodness and experiencing His presence together. Let’s continue to pray for all of our future plans as we move ahead together.
Continue to pray for our College students and families as they navigate the uncertainty of the future.
Pray for our School Administrations everywhere, teachers, staff, parents and students with all the decisions that are being made during these challenging times.
Pray for those who are having financial challenges these days, and how we can continue to connect and help as God's people. Also pray for our church as we navigate through the challenges ahead, as well as our giving, which has been blessed, but still affected by not being able to gather together.
We praise God for the daily blessing and faithfulness of his love in our lives.
Praise God for how the children’s garden is still a popular spot. We ran out of sanitizer there this week, which means lots of people are spending time there. This is a great thing!
There has been a small steadily growing core of people praying each day for our church family, community, and world. People are still stopping by the porch, seeking God, and sharing their needs. It's a reminder God is still at work! This group is evolving from the porch to others praying in their homes at noon as well! This week we continued to have people from the community and beyond... how exciting!
We thank everyone who is safely making contacts and drop offs and sharing Christ’s love in many different ways! This is the time for us to continue the mission of loving our neighbors everywhere!
We praise God for bringing us through the many different storms of life!