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 www.cor.org/prayer 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