PRAYER

Prayer opens our hearts to the power of God’s love. Prayer is how we become channels of God’s love for the world. Prayer is a gift from God – He wants to hear from us!
Pray for Others – If you would like to be part of Christ Church’s prayer chain and receive emails with prayer requests from our congregation, please contact Karen Smith.
 
The Prayer Tree is located in The Commons and a part of the Prayer Ministry. Complete a prayer “leaf” and it will be prayed over by the church.
 
To submit a prayer request, you may send an email message to prayer@cc-um.org. If you would prefer a more private prayer request, you can contact Dr. Marc Donaldson.

Joy

Since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. – Romans 5:1-2 NLT
 
  Lord, help me to grasp the difference between joy and happiness. I want to be happy, just like everyone else. But I realize that happiness is a temporary reaction to events in my life. Instead, create in me a greater desire for joy, which is strong and lasting and can happen in spite of my circumstances. This kind of joy comes by following you and living according to your principles. With joy, I know that no matter what happens, you offer hope and promise. You do not promise constant happiness, but you do promise lasting joy to those who follow you. Thank you, Lord. Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]   Note: Today’s image is Hummingbird Joy by Kerri Boutwell.

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Rest

He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. – Psalm 23:2 NLT
 
O God, I often operate under the false assumption that being busy means being productive or that resting is synonymous with laziness. Help me to see that it’s possible to have unproductive activity and productive rest. Teach me, Lord, to strike a balance between working, celebrating, and resting so that I may be productive in all areas of life. Amen.
 
[from 365 Pocket Prayers by Ronald A. Beers]

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