Light has been brought into the world through the birth of Jesus Christ!  We no longer have to feel like we are facing darkness alone, for Christ is with us, as is the Church!  A new year is on the horizon and with it will come incredible moments of joy as well as moments of sorrow.  I want to take a moment to remind you that your church family wants to celebrate those joys with you and help shoulder the hardships.  The Prayer Ministry and its many volunteers take prayer very seriously.  With the exception of the requests marked confidential, every prayer request that we receive is prayed over by pastors, congregational care ministers and prayer volunteers.  We want to be in prayerful relationships with each one of you.  This year, I encourage you to invite the power of your church family praying for you into your lives.  If you have been truly blessed by God, I hope you submit a prayer request so that we can give thanks to the Lord together and be in celebration with you!  Likewise, if hard times have fallen on you or your loved ones, I do hope that it can be made known to the prayer ministry so that we can lift you and your loved ones up in prayer and help shoulder the burden in whatever way we can.  We are, indeed, one body in Christ.  When you celebrate, so do we!  When you hurt, we hurt too.  It brings us a sense of unity when we can weather our journey together as one body.  You can fill out prayer requests online at www.cor.org/prayer. On behalf of the prayer ministry, we look forward to lifting you up in prayer in 2010.

If prayer is an important part of your life and you recognize its importance in the life of the Church, I encourage you to consider volunteering in the prayer ministry.  You can view volunteer opportunities on the Church of the Resurrection prayer web page.

Michael Maroon, Pastor of Prayer