We are now just passed the celebration of Pentecost in the church calendar, the seventh week of Easter, where the Spirit of God is unleashed in new, powerful ways. The liturgical color this past week was red to remind us of the unleashing of the Holy Spirit. We now enter into a prolonged period of "ordinary time", represented by the liturgical color green. Let's not forget the power of the Holy Spirit but instead be freed from our weakness, forgiven of our sin and empowered to live lives of faith, hope, and love!
We celebrate these things in the church in order to remember our journey, but a spiritual experience, whether it is a confession, a renewal of our faith, an expression of joy, or an act of obedience, it does not have to take place on any particular day. For a true follower, a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit is a continual, evolving experience. May the power of God, unleashed in Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit of God, be yours each and every day.
Thank you for participating in this ministry. If you have not looked at the closing comments - and scriptures - at the end of the prayer needs recently, even if you've looked at it before, I encourage you to take a look again. Reading the same thing at different times, especially when it is the Word of God, makes a difference, often a life-changing difference. Then pray, for yourself, then for others too. Won't you also take the time, first to pray, then to encourage them? It may keep you encouraged yourself! These are all important ingredients as we learn to sow the seeds of faith!
Keep watch of the requests, and look for answered prayer. We frequently receive - and encourage - those who request prayer to send us updates for additional prayer requests and for answered prayer. When we pray, it honors God. When we proclaim answer to prayer, it brings not only honor, but praise to God as well, and it is helpful for building us up in the faith.
We continue to place great emphasis on reading the Bible and praying regularly, daily if possible, are important activities for healthy living. If you do not already have your own personal Bible reading plan or discipline, note the resources included in this letter; at the bottom is a yearly Bible reading plan, and several scriptures are interspersed throughout this letter. Come, Lord Jesus, and be present in our hearts and in our lives today as we pray.
Thank you once again for being an important contributor to this ministry. It is valued and greatly appreciated! I encourage participation, not only in this ministry, but perhaps even more importantly in a local church in your community.