Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:4-7
Pictured above is Alice Ann Nilsen as she ushered in the beginning of our 24 Hour Prayer Vigil. I hope you were one of the many who gathered in prayer, lifting up supplications and thanksgivings to God. Thank you Alice Ann and your team for hosting such a meaningful time of prayer!
Alice Ann is passionate about prayer. On many occasions I've heard her say that prayer is the most powerful activity we do as Christians. I know that through her actions she is practicing what she proclaims.
Alice Ann took the lead to create our Holy Hands in Prayer group that meets every week to pray. This group is fervent in prayer and they are the embodiment of what Paul encouraged the Philippian church to be. Often it is in our prayers that we experience the peace of God which surpasses all that we understand. Prayer life is an essential element to our passionate worship!
Gray has begun a sermon series on passionate worship this past Sunday. Rather than worship being an hour on Sunday morning, passionate worship takes place regularly and often. Also, it is experienced throughout the liturgical seasons like Lent.
Wednesday evening we gathered for Ash Wednesday and we experienced passionate worship with Brian preaching passionately to those who gathered to usher in Lent. This weekend JCPC passionately gathered in prayer for our 24 hour prayer vigil.
In your prayers, supplications, and thanksgiving may you experience the peace of Christ.
Prayer for Today
Loving God, fill our hearts with the passion of Christ, so that our worship of you and our service throughout our daily lives will be pleasing in your sight. Amen.