Vision Prayer Focus #7 from Pastor Tom

You are invited to pray this week for our congregation as we gather on Sunday afternoon (September 27) for a Town Hall meeting to receive and respond to a report from the Vision Team about the purpose and vision and core values and strategic initiatives of FUMC-BR over the next several years.  Pray for a significant turnout from all sectors of our church family.  Pray for Pastor Marcus as he presents the report.  Pray for enthusiastic involvement of all in attendance and for guidance from the Holy Spirit as we dream together big dreams about how God would have us go about the work of the kingdom.  Pray a hopeful prayer that several years from now we will be able to look back on this very week as a milestone time in the life of our church and community.

Great and almighty God, save us from small dreams and little prayers.  By the power of your Holy Spirit inspire us as we meet this week to seek your will boldly and without fear.  Bless us with passionate involvement in a spirit of mutual trust.  Fill us with hope for the future.  If what we want for our church is not what you want for your Kingdom, make us aware of that and guide us in the way you would have us go. Challenge us and assure us.  Reveal to us your Kingdom call.  Speak into our hearts and lives.  We are listening.  Amen.

Vision Prayer Focus #3 from Pastor Tom

From Pastor Tom: On a morning visit yesterday to Boca Raton Regional Hospital, I prayed with two FUMC members who were prepped for surgery and another who had been hospitalized since Sunday and was delighted to be going home that day. I ran into Dr. Scott Beede, also an FUMC member, taking care of his morning rounds. I interacted with a variety of nurses and volunteers; I passed a gurney rolling out of the emergency room taking a suffering woman presumably into surgery. I came home and checked the internet and learned that according to the City of Boca Raton’s 2013 economic statistics, Boca Regional is the second largest employer in our community.

 

So let’s pray this week for the patients and the employees and volunteers of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. And let’s don’t stop there. Let’s pray for our health care sector throughout Boca and Delray and Deerfield and Boynton. Let’s pray for the hospitals and the rehab and nursing care facilities, for the doctors’ offices and the therapy facilities; for the patients and the people caring for them—including family members—including youth caregivers.

 

Ask God to give our church a big heart for people in need of physical healing. Ask the Spirit to reveal how we might be a more effective healing presence and partner in our church family and in our communities. Listen. Listen. Listen.

Lord Jesus, you walked this earth with healing in your touch. You came as the Great Physician. Bless those health care providers in our communities; give them wisdom and patience and strength. Bless all who are in need of physical healing, Encourage us to be your hands and feet, serving those among us and around us who need your healing presence.  In your saving name, Amen. 

 

Vision Prayer Focus #2 from Pastor Tom

Our church serves so many children in so many ways!  MECE, Parents’ Morning Out, Sprouts, Sunday School, Upward sports, summer camps, Scouting … the list goes on and on.  And this week, over 300 children are on our East Campus Monday through Friday mornings for Vacation Bible School.  Our vision process so far has made it clear that we want our future to continue to impact the lives of “next generations.”  Pray this week for the children and volunteers in Bible School, and ask God to speak to you about how we might serve children and their families more and more effectively in the years to come.

 

One day children were brought to Jesus in the hope that he would lay hands on them and pray over them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus intervened: “Let the children alone, don’t prevent them from coming to me. God’s kingdom is made up of people like these.” After laying hands on them, he left.

Matthew 19:13-15, The Message
There is not a more precious resource, Jesus, than the lives of the children in our communities.  We want children to know your blessing, and we believe you can use us as instruments of blessing in their hearts and lives.  Give us all that we need to be a source of blessing to the little ones.  Help us hear your call.  Amen.

 

[Pray also this week for the preachers and lay people gathered in Daytona Beach for the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.  May God give this larger body of the church a hope and a vision as we elect delegates for the 2016 General Conference and worship together and conduct other business of the conference.]