Thursday, 11 June 2020 11:07
Church, We Need to PrayWritten by Jeron Parkins
"When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?" (Psalm 11:3). When the world seems to be falling apart, what are God’s people to do? Give up and drown in a bottle? Spend more time on Facebook? Watch more Fox News or CNN? Act like those who have no hope? NO! In the day of trouble God’s people seek the Lord. We turn our eyes to God and we pray! Church, if there has ever been a time for us to pray it is now! If you are not in the habit of praying below there is a list of suggested topics to get you started (the list comes from Debbie Przybylski at Intercessors Arise). If our hope isn’t in God at this time, what hope do we have?
Thank God for how He is working in the nations -“How awesome is the Lord most High, the great King is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth! God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne” (Psalm 47:2, 8).
Pray for unity in the body of Christ -“I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:23).
Pray for revival among God’s people - “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:6).
Pray for your governmental and spiritual leaders -“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone - for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1 Timothy 2:1-2).
Pray that God's people will walk in holiness and obedience -“Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Corinthians 7:1).
Pray for the fear of the Lord in your land - “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7).
Pray for God to send His workers into the harvest field - “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).
Pray that the Church will reach out to the poor, needy and imprisoned -“Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3).
Pray for the salvation of the lost -“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Acts 2:21).
Pray that God will use children and youth mightily for His glory - “At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children’” (Matthew 11:25).
Pray for just laws and righteous moral standards -“Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).
Pray that the Word of God will be given its rightful place -“Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them” (Psalm 119:129).
Pray that God's people will know how to effectively wage spiritual warfare - “Finally be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes”(Ephesians 6:10-11).
Pray the promises of God in His Word over the nations - “The nations will fear the name of the Lord, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory” (Psalm 102:15).
Here are some things that are happening in our congregation…
With the removal of the Reign Building complete (thanks again David Bower and crew!) local contractors are now preparing the site for construction. Underground infiltrators were removed and now loads of dirt are being brought in and the ground is being compacted. Please pray for the workers safety, for the project to be finished on time and under budget, and for God to continue to provide the finances. We had a breakthrough in the last weeks in regards to our playground design as we realized that we could greatly expand our play area and outdoor spaces for kids. The new playground area is going to be built up on the south and west sides of the Sprung Building in such a way that we won’t lose much parking while at the same time the kids will be safe and have lots more room to run and play. The new play area will be connected to the indoor play area in the new building and make it an excellent place for families to gather during the week and fellowship, both summer and winter. Sometime soon we will have an official gathering for church wide prayer over the project.
WORSHIP SERVICES at 9:00 and 10:45 a.m.
We understand that not everyone will be ready to return to in-person services at this time. Everyone’s situation is different and perhaps in your case it’s better for you to stay home and utilize our live-stream. No problem! If however, you are coming this Sunday to attend a worship service, we want you to understand that Covid-19 is still being spread. Participating in a worship service is potentially risky (and not only because you are coming into the presence of the Living God!). With a lot of people being asymptomatic there is always a chance that you’ll be at risk of exposure, especially in a context where there will be singing and where people will want to shake hands or give hugs. We want to encourage you to wear a mask (we’ll have some on hand if you forget yours), and ask that you refrain from physical contact and keep some distance from others, but we understand some will choose not to be masked and that some will have a hard time not hugging! So be wise and do what seems best in your circumstances. If you are sick stay home and join us via the live stream of the service. Also, we’d love for you to use some hand sanitizer when you come in, or wash your hands upon entry. Rose Bertin is doing a great job of keeping the church clean, but the less germs we can carry in, the better! Children’s Ministry and Nursery will likely resume in July. If you have little kids we have taken out a lot of seats in the balconies so that there will be plenty of room for little ones to move around. FYI: If you want to come but you desire lots of social distancing, the 10:45 service is less heavily attended.
EAGLE LAKE CAMP
Eagle Lake Camp is happening at Living Water July 6-10! The First 100 kids registered get 50% off. It’s $100 (instead of $200)!
Camp Update Video:
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL COMING JULY 27-31
GLOBAL LEADERSHP SUMMIT AUGUST 6-7
The Global Leadership Summit is not a worship event nor is it a church meeting or a normal church conference. Why then do we host it? We host the GLS at Living Water to bless our community. Local businesses and organizations want to sharpen the leadership skills of their people but struggle with the cost of sending employees or volunteers to big-city conferences. Hosting the GLS is a way for us to open our facility and meet felt needs in our community; it’s an attempt at loving our neighbors in a positive and uplifting way that they will appreciate. Personally, the last few years I’ve been inspired and encouraged in my leadership through attending the Summit. I’d encourage you to join me. The Summit takes place Thursday, August 6th and Friday, August 7th. Registration is $99 (before July 14) at https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/ When you register use the priority code INSPIRE2020 to get the discount. If you want to take a closer look check out https://globalleadership.org/global-leadership-summit/
SUMMER BIBLE READING
Are you in the Word? Is the Word in you? With the month of June arriving Monday, it’s a great time to start a new Bible reading goal. For instance, have you ever read the New Testament? You can easily do it in 90 days at about 15 minutes a day or if you can do it in 60 days at about 25 minutes. If you want to download a plan check out https://www.bible.com/reading-plans or if you want to explore different plans here are some websites I’d recommend: https://www.navigators.org/resource/bible-reading-plans/ or https://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-reading-plan/chronological-new-testament.html Pastor Bo has also printed out a summer reading plan that he borrowed from another church, available for you on the lobby desk here at the church.
TITHES AND OFFERINGS
Thanks everyone for continuing to give faithfully to our general budget so that we can continue to do ministry and be on mission. If you are out of rhythm with not being able to bring your gifts to a worship service, you can easily give electronically through our website (www.livingwateralamosa.org) or by texting GIVE to 719-298-3401. Don’t forget to save the number in your phone as LWBF GIVING. You can always text EDIT to update your information, set up a recurring gift, and check the status of a gift. You can also drive by the church and drop your check in the church mailbox, or send your donation to Living Water Bible Fellowship 2910 Clark Street Alamosa, CO 81101.
9:00 and 10:45 a.m.
Thanks for Reading and for Praying,
Thanks for Loving One Another and Serving the Lord,