Traces of Grace
Online Worship This Sunday
Don’t miss our live stream worship service this morning at 10:00am. Pastor Sam will be continuing our sermon series "Simple Prayers... Faithful God" with a message from Psalm 16 called "It’s Easy To Miss". We will have Kids Corner with Phil Boswell, and be sure to join us after our service on Zoom for a fellowship time. Both links are available on our website at fumccollingswood.org, where you’ll also be able to view the service throughout the week.
Thought For Today
As we enjoy some of the beautiful fall days and the fall foliage that is in full bloom, we see the leaves changing into beautiful colors. Many of these leaves are also falling, which means raking leaves. We are also reminded of the seasons of life. Every season has its blessings and testings. The interesting thing in life is how easy it is to miss how God is at work in both the seasons of blessings and testings of life. This Sunday morning we are going to see how David reminds us of this in Psalm 16. God is there in every season of our lives and it's so easy to miss. However, Apostle Paul in his letter speaks to this whole idea in his letter to the people in Corinth too.
Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.— 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10
All too often it's in the disappointments of life, and the difficulties and hard places, where we begin to ask God to intervene, when possibly that's where God is actually working in and through us to do something special. Let’s not miss out on what God might have for us in these difficult moments too!
The key is for us to acknowledge our Heavenly Father's sovereignty by our daily commitment to his lordship. Simply saying “Lord, I don't have to understand it or agree with it to commit everything to you.” I found the following prayer in my personal devotions this week, which leads us to our prayer concerns this week. A morning prayer found in John Baillie's A Diary of Private Prayer is a blessing. I encourage you to meditate and pray these words as the Lord leads you:
Dear Father, take this day's life into your keeping. Guide all my thoughts and feelings. Direct all my energies. Instruct my mind. Sustain my will. Take my hands and give me the skill to serve you. Take my feet and make them quick to do whatever you ask. Take my eyes and keep them fixed on your everlasting beauty. Take my mouth and give me the words to tell others of your love.
Make this day a day of obedience, a day of spiritual joy and peace. Make this day's work a little part of the work of the kingdom of my Lord Jesus, in whose name these prayers are said. Amen.
Let's continue to pray for the spiritual condition of our day that needs to experience the love and forgiving power of Jesus in our lives in a fresh new way. We need our Lord’s help through the pandemic, the natural disasters and the social issues of the day like racism and even politics that divide so many. We continue to pray for so many that reach out for prayer within our church family and our greater community ( Community prayer box) and missionaries both local and around the world. We continue to thank God for the many blessings... we know God answers prayers. Here are prayer concerns for this week:
- our church and the community
- the schools and the children and staff
- our country, President and First Lady and family
- everyone affected by COVID-19
- the steps to reopening our church building as we get closer
- Please be in prayer for Neil Kinky, his mother passed away Thursday evening. The family and Neil have no other information at this time.
- Linkin Miller, the son of Jennifer and Stephen, and grandson of John and Joyce Cluelow is still in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in serious condition; please pray!
- Joy Evans in her recovering journey and Craig and her family
- Dean Stefano had a successful surgery this week and is grateful for all the prayers
- Margret Robinson for medical concerns
- Mary Mondatsos is still having medical challenges.
- Ken Steward’s cousins - the Carprera family. Wife and mother, Patricia passed away after suffering a brain bleed and being on life support. Her husband and four children will have much to journey through. There has been a gofundme page also on Facebook for anyone who knows the family and wants to help in this time of need.
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 social distancing. Remember, you are loved!
In His Grace,
Pastor Sam and the Staff