The Greater Work

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Oswald Chambers wrote, “Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.”  This week in the GPS and in worship, we will think about, and dream about the church and its ministry. For the next few weeks, we will be looking back at the 20 years of ministry at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, examining where we are today and looking forward to where God is leading us in the next 20 years and beyond. It is exciting to look at what God has done, what God is doing, and what God is leading the church toward in the future.

Do you pray regularly for the church and its ministry?  Are prayers for the church part of your daily prayers?  Here are some ways you can pray for the church:

  • Choose a different area of ministry for each day of the week, or even each day of the month, and write them on your calendar as a reminder to pray. The web site lists ministry areas, and events that could go on your calendar.
  • Pray for the individuals involved in ministry at the church and all its campuses. There is a listing of staff members on the web site.  Pray for each by name over the course of a week, or a month.
  • If you receive the weekly eNews and Pastor Adam’s emails, pray for people and events listed in those emails.
  • Take a prayer walk!  Walk around the Leawood campus and pray for the church. Visit the prayer wall and the Firestone prayer chapel.  If you worship at one of the other campuses, arrive a few minutes early for worship and walk around the building, praying for the church, its ministry and the people who will be coming to worship that day.
  • If you are near the Leawood campus around noon on a weekday, come to the Firestone chapel for prayer. A pastor leads prayer for the church, personal needs, and anything else that comes up Monday – Friday at noon.
  • A special opportunity to pray for our church and many others is available at the Leadership Institute Prayer vigil on October 7 and 8.  For more information click on the link at or look for the information in the eNews.

For all of these ministries and people, pray that they will clearly hear God’s voice and see God’s plan for the ministry, for energy and vision to follow that plan, for inspiration, leadership, and perseverance. For the individuals involved in ministry, pray for strength, both spiritual and physical, health, and for rest and renewal of spirit when they are tired.  Pray for the members and visitors to become deeply committed Christians, and for the Church of the Resurrection to be an instrument for changing lives, transforming communities and renewing the mainline church.

The greater work of the Church of the Resurrection begins with prayer.  As we praise God for the past 20 years and look forward, please be in prayer for the work God has for the Church of the Resurrection now and in the future.

Jennifer Creagar

Resurrection Prayer Ministry

Noise…and silence

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In one of Rob Bell’s Nooma videos entitled, “Noise,” he talks about a guy named Bernie Krause who does recordings of nature sounds.  Apparently it takes Bernie over 2000 hours of recording sound in the world around us to gain 1 hour of collective silence.  In 1968 it took Bernie only 15 hours of recorded noise to achieve 1 hour of silence.  Our world has gotten noisier.  With our cell phones, hundreds of television stations and satellite radios (so you won’t even experience silence in the middle of nowhere!) we have successfully cut silence out of our lives and replaced it with a connection to the world around us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   The problem with this is that we are so connected with this worldly that it can often be difficult for us to disconnect so we can tune in with the heavenly kingdom. In scripture, we read that Jesus often retreated into prayer (Luke 5:16).  He turned the world off, if just for a moment, so that he could connect with God in a deep and focused way.  We cannot have rich and meaningful prayer lives if we never retreat, as Jesus did, and silence the world around us so that we might here God speak.  I invite you to try this – find a time and place in which you can turn it all off (the cell, the radio and all the other noise around you) and retreat into a time of silence, and just listen for God.  Can you hear him?   Don’t even talk… just listen.  It is often in the silence that we can hear God speak and feel God’s presence.  May you find many moments of silence this week as you seek a deeper relationship with God. –Michael Maroon, Pastor of Prayer

The Sound of Music

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When my youngest son was in first grade, his class had a music teacher who truly inspired a room full of six year olds to sing.  In fact, the whole class was likely to break into song at any moment, like characters in some pint-sized musical.  It was so cute that their classroom teacher just let them go, and many times they would be working on spelling or coloring their papers and singing away.  She also discovered that music and singing helped them focus and there was less distraction in the room when she let them sing.

The GPS guide this week will mention music, praise, and hymns in many different forms.  Music, in the background or foreground, can be a great tool or even starting point for prayer. Sometimes the Holy Spirit uses music to speak to our hearts – to comfort, inspire, bring us closer to God in praise and worship.  Sometimes music helps us block out the noise of our lives and focus our attention on being in the presence of God.  Singing together in worship connects us in prayer and praise.

Do you have a favorite hymn or praise song?  Try singing it, or playing it on the CD or MP3 player as a centering exercise when you begin to pray.  Focus on the words and the music and let the song block out all the other sounds around you, including the “noise” of your thoughts.  Most hymns and praise songs emphasize an attribute or attributes of God.  What is your favorite hymn or praise song telling you about God?  What do you want to say to God in response?  There is the starting point for your prayer.  You can continue in the same manner as the hymn or praise song, or move on from there to another type of prayer. Your whole prayer time can be filled with music, or it can begin there and move on. Music and song can also be a great way to end a prayer time of words and/or silence with praise and celebration of God who heard your prayers.

As it was for the first graders, music can be a tool for focus and connection.

Jennifer Creagar
Prayer Ministry Staff

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