From Pastor Todd Malone
The Jews prepared in advance for worship. They sang and prayed as a community as they approached the Temple. The suggestion that we come into church praying for how we can minister to others strikes me as a similar way of preparing to worship. What a difference it would make if all of us did this every Sunday.
Next Sunday’s Passage
Next Sunday’s passage is Galatians 2:11-21. Take some time to read ahead – it will help you get even more out of the sermon.
We would like to celebrate the many ways people serve at FBC. The chalk wall has been divided into four sections – Worship, Grow, Connect, Go. Sign your name under the area(s) you serve. If you are a part of a worship team, tech grew, for example, sign in the Worship section. If you help people learn more about the Bible or the Christian life, sign under the Grow section. Our teachers, AWANA workers, and Life Group leaders are just a few examples. If you help people build better relationships at FBC, sign under the Connect section. This would include Greeters, Guest Services workers, or Small Group leaders to name a few. The Go section is for those who help us Go on the mission of Jesus. 21:5 participants, Mission Committee members, 8 Days of Hope volunteers, people who have gone on a short-term missions trip are all examples.
How to pray for FBC
Following up on the sermon, let’s pray that our relationships with one another reflect the conviction that the Lord is at work in and through each of us.
How to pray for our Community and our World
Read Psalm 2; it is a wonderful way to pray for our community and our world. There are so many people at war with one another and the Lord. Verses 10 and 11 offer an important warning: “Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.” That is a good prayer for all of our leaders: local, state, and national. Let them be wise and serve the Lord and rejoice.