A Message from Rev. Jeanette Block, Pastor
Pastor's thoughts for Fall
WOW! Summer has flown by and soon the leaves will begin to turn. Our children are returning to school, so please be careful when traveling. Join me in keeping our teachers, administrators and students in our daily prayers. Speaking of prayer, I have re-read Richard J. Foster's book, Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home. This is a very readable book that outlines prayer in three steps: moving inward, moving upward and moving outward.
As we go inward, we learn that God receives us just as we are. To pray is to change; change that comes from within. We seek the intimacy with God by moving upward. We realize that prayer is the human response to the perpetual outpouring of love by God. We move outward through engaging in ministry with others, through worship. Prayer is relational as it allows intimacy to be built with God.
It takes practice to still ourselves, but once we learn to settle into God's presence, we will find our center, our rest and our recommitment to worship and service. There is no right or wrong way to pray....just find a way that is comfortable and engage! Begin with the Lord's prayer and soon you will find yourself engaged.
Foster writes on Page 178: "Almighty, most holy, most high God. Thank you for paying attention to small things. Thank you for valuing the insignificant. Thank you for being interested in the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. Thank you for caring about me. In Jesus name, Amen."
May we always remember that God cares about us and loves us....let us take time for daily prayers.
Blessings and peace, Pastor Jeanette