Congregation Call to Prayer on October 5, 2011
“Be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:18
There are times in the Bible when the call was given to all of God’s people to pray. Now is the time for us to unite and pray for Shepherd’s Gate! This call is not something to take lightly. This is not merely one more church activity offered among many that you can consider only if you feel like it. This is an invitation for heart-felt prayer to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness with the firm confidence that our Lord and Savior, Jesus, will keep His word to give us all the other things we need for this life. (See Matthew 6:25-34)
Though the call to unite and pray for Shepherd’s Gate is urgent, I do not want you to wrongly conclude this call is being made because something has gone terribly wrong or that there is an imminent threat or danger. These are NOT the reasons for a congregation-wide call to prayer. This is not a panicked reaction nor have things gone wrong. The truth is that things are going well at Shepherd’s Gate! After going through last year where a number of members left Shepherd’s Gate due to a variety of reasons such as they didn’t like the changes made in worship ministry or the remodeling of the Worship Center or they disagreed with some of the decisions made, we are gaining greater numbers of new members. We are receiving very positive feedback on worship, reaching unprecedented numbers of people outside the walls of Shepherd’s Gate through our Endorsed Ministries, Step Out and Serve, SpringHill Children’s Camp, mission trips to Wisconsin and China, and the 9/11 Commemoration worship service.
The great news is that the call to prayer for October 5 is inspired and motivated by a deep desire for God’s will to be done and His kingdom to come so more people hear the Gospel of Jesus and believe in Him.
The call to prayer on Wednesday, October 5 in the Worship Center will consist of five separate 30- minute segments with individual topics for each segment. You may come to all of the segments or any portion that you are able. Those who have Bible studies on Wednesday nights can come at 6 or 6:30pm to 7 pm and then go to their Bible Studies. Those who can’t get to church by 6 pm may come at 7pm or even 7:30pm or 8 pm. Adults as well as children are invited. This will be a powerful and significant time for our church as we unite and pray for Shepherd’s Gate!
— Pastor Jon
Prayer Topics for Unite and Pray for Shepherd’s Gate on October 5
- 6p-Repentance and Cleansing
- 6:30p-Unity and Love (Includes Holy Communion)
- 7p-Provision for the Mission
- 7:30p-Empowerment for Witness and Service
- 8p-Exuberant Joy in the Lord