A local pastor told me a story about a pastors conference where some successful ministers were comparing notes about their churches. The conversation naturally got around to include numbers. Towards the end, one leader volunteered that he had around 50 people in his church.
Someone then asked the obvious question: “You have over 1000 in your church, what do you mean 50?”
He responded, “50 come to the prayer meetings, the rest are passengers”
It has been burned into us that prayer is important. How do we live out that priority?
We leaders have a serious responsibility to teach our people to pray. We are to model a prayer life, both publicly and privately.
That’s how the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ came into being. The disciples asked to be taught.
It’s amazing the differences in prayer cultures. Some places kneel, or sit, or stand for prayer. Some close their eyes, others don’t. Many churches use formal written prayers which often insert doctrinal or inspirational reminders, others simply pray it as comes. In some places everyone prays all at once (out loud) while in others, a leader prays on behalf of everyone.
A good place to intentionally teach our people to pray would be to simply regularly pray the Lords Prayer with our people. Pray it carefully, conversationally and in context, expand a different phrase each time. Give time to reverently and earnestly praise God around the word “Hallowed”. Explore what Jesus meant about the Kingdom coming, (including Jesus own paraphrase about God’s will and purposes invading Earth). Pray only for what we need on that day. Give opportunity and time for the prayers for forgiveness and freedom from temptation to do their work. There is much to explore while teaching our people to pray.
Lord, teach us to pray like John taught his disciples.
How is your fraternal going?
Google begins to turn the tide on world pornography, banning advertisements with, or with links to sexually explicit material. See Google note to advertisers.
Bishop Reg Piper is delivering a series of lunch time Bible Talks on “Titus. Fellow Servant of the Apostle” in the Ocean Room of the Wollongong Town Hall. They will run to25 June from 12.45pm to 1.15pm sharp. Doors open 12.30pm and close 1.30pm. Notes are provided and there is no charge. All are welcome. This is an excellent opportunity for those who work in the city and would like to take full advantage of their lunch break.
14th June 2014– Gong Men’s Day. Peter Jensen will be speaking on Men, Identity and Sexuality. Note a testimony from a senior Anglican minister: “I heard Peter Jensen speak on this at a clergy conference quite some time ago. He was brilliant – powerful, humane, humble. He spoke mainly from Eph. 4-5. The Scriptures spoke powerfully through him” (This is not just for Anglicans!) See – Men’s Day Flyer. It is being held at Dapto Anglican Church – 10.00am to 3.00pm or 5.00pm to 9.30pm – $35 ($25 conc) including roast lunch / dinner.
25th June 2014– Watoto Children’s Choir at C3 Church, Thirroul – 7pm (no cost). A great night out! See link for details
City Serve(The local website is under construction and is based on the Newcastle platform). This community outreach is coming to Shellharbour in October! Follow link to see how it works. The mayor of Newcastle gives half his salary to the Newcastle churches towards this initiative! This project gets its own spot on the City of Newcastle website.
19th August 2014,Tom White (Frontline Ministries) will be visiting 10 cities in Australia to speak on the unity of the church and the development of city-wide gospel movements. Tom has many years of experience on this topic around the world. He has written books and and spent some years in consulting. See Toms video greeting
Tom will be at the Shellharbour City Community Church 7-9.30 am and at the Wollongong Salvation Army, Burelli St 12-2.30 pm. The aim is to meet with Christian leaders to share a vision for city wide gospel movements, explore God’s desire to dwell among His people, tell stories from cities around the world and to pray together for our twin cities. The meetings will be held over breakfast and lunch and will include a Q&A time.
Friday Morning Breakfasts at the Hope Centre have a new interim venue:
The offices of Warwick Marsh,
Dads4Kids & Australian Heart Ministries
Unit 1A Number 33 Central Rd
(Above the Chemist Shop – around the back and up the stairs)
Mobile: 4272 6677 or 0418 225 212
Never Argue With Children:
A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. He teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.
The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.
The little girl said, “When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah.”
The teacher asked, “What if Jonah went to hell?”
The little girl replied, “Then you ask him”.
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