Hope Weekly
June 8, 2018
This is the second week of prayer practices and focusses on model prayers.  This comes as a gift from Pastor Lori Strang at Redeemer. Pastor Kevin JPG
This week's prayer practice is Model Prayer 
There are several common model prayers of which many will be familiar.  The most well known and biblically grounded being our Lord's Prayer. The practice this week will center around a number of familiar model prayers including the Lord's Prayer.  You are encouraged in your journaling to not only follow the prompts but paraphrase the model prayer in your own words. Also consider printing out this email to reference throughout the week.
 
Model prayers help us focus on specific areas where we can grow in our understanding of how prayer can truly have an impact on our daily lives.
Although many times prayer does not change the circumstances or situations in which we find ourselves; Prayer does change  US  in those circumstances and situations ... giving us needed strength, grace, patience, hope, trust, courage, peace and direction.
 
Some other common model prayers:
Serenity Prayer
Prayer of St. Francis
A.C.T.S. prayer (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication)
The 5 finger prayer
P.R.A.Y.  (Praise, Repent, Ask, Yield)
Irish blessing
Bedtime prayer
Meal time grace
T.R.I.P. prayer  (Thanks, Regret, Intercession, Purpose)

This week's Scriptures
As God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, KINDNESS, humility, meekness and patience.  Bear with one another and , if anyone has a complaint against the other, forgive each other, just as the Lord has forgiven you.     -COLOSSIANS 3: 12-13
 
Rejoice in the Lord, always, again, I will say, Rejoice.  Let your GENTLENESS be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.      -PHILIPPIANS 4: 4-5
 
This week's fruits of the Spirit are KINDNESS & GENTLENESS. 
Both of these fruits are ways we are directed to behave with others-even those who oppose us or we consider our enemies.  Kindness and gentleness are traits that show up in model prayers in the ways we love our neighbors and our kindness and gentleness may well determine who we lift up in supplication.   
 
Our kindness and gentleness often determine how we forgive each other or how we restore people to community.  When we are "clothed" in compassion, kindness and gentleness we often regard others first and exercise humility as well.
 
This week's prayer schedule
Friday 6/8   The "5 fingers of prayer":  Make a list of people in each category, praying as you go around the fingers on your hand (those closest to you, those in authority, our leaders, those who are weak, yourself).


Saturday 6/9
Try an A.C.T.S. prayer today:
Adoration -Tell God what you appreciate about your relationship with Jesus and the power of God's Holy Spirit.
Confession-Tell God about those things of which you feel guilt, shame or inadequacy.  Ask God to forgive you and to help you forgive yourself that you might be free.
Thanksgiving-Thank God for something special that happened today or for the extraordinary blessing of life itself.
Supplication-Lift up those who you know are in need because of illness, difficulty, struggle, lack of stability or connection .


Sunday 6/10 The Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
 
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
  
Where there is injury, pardon;
 
Where there is despair, hope;
  
Where there is darkness, light;
  
And where there is sorrow, joy.
   
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  For in giving we receive; in pardoning, we are pardoned; and in dying we are born to eternal life, AMEN . 

Monday 6/11
Try a P.R.A.Y.-er today:
Praise -Thank God for being God and sending Jesus with the Spirit.
Repentance -Tell God about those things of which you feel guilt, shame or inadequacy.  Ask God to forgive you and to help you forgive yourself that you might be free.
Ask -Pour out your heart to God and ask for what you desire God to do in your life.
Yield-Lift up your will in surrender and yield to God's wisdom and will-even if it means God leads you another direction with your desires.
   
Tuesday 6/12
Write your own Version of the Lord's Prayer
OUR FATHER  WHO ART IN HEAVEN HALLOWED BE THY NAME
THY KINGDOM COME THY WILL BE DONE  ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM & THE POWER & THE GLORY FOREVER-AMEN.
  
Wednesday, 6/13
Some hymns are often prayerful in their music and words.  Write a few  favorite hymn verses and use them as prayer.

Thursday 6/14
Pray a prayer that you have known since you were a child


VBS Registration is Due Now!
June 18-22 from 9:00-12:15, kids can j oin us to explore Super Heroes of the Bible, and to discover our own Super Hero strength following God! Registration information is on the bulletin board! VBS is open to all children who are 3 years old - completed 4 th grade. Older children and youth are welcome to volunteer! If you are interested in volunteering, contact Pastor Kristin at pastorkristin@hopetoledo.net or calling the church office.

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Congregational Meeting June 10th
Our annual congregational meeting will be held after the 9:00 worship service. This meeting will be to affirm our leaders for 2018-2019. Please be sure to attend, so your voice can be heard.

VBS donations needed
We are in need of some donations for our VBS service projects this summer. You can pick up a donation need off the bulletin board outside the family lounge or shop from the list below. All donations needs to be returned by Sunday, June 17.
Bags of Chips or Pretzels
Cookies
Bottled Water (we need at least 300 bottles)
Sandwich bags/Ziploc bags (snack or small size)
Packs of gum
Thanks for your generosity!