Prayer & Praise
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.
News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.
During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; it is fitting for the just to be thankful.
Praise the Lord with the harp; sing praises unto him with the ten-stringed lute.
Sing unto him a new song; make skillful melody and cry aloud with joy.
For the word of the Lord is true, and all his works are faithful.
He loves righteousness and true judgment; the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the hosts of them by the breath of his mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea together, as in a heap, and lays up the deep, as in a treasure house.
Let all the earth fear the Lord; stand in awe of him, all you that dwell in the world.
To deliver their soul from death, and to feed them in the time of famine.
Our soul has patiently waited for the Lord, for he is our help and our shield.
Our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have hoped in his holy Name.
1 John 4:7-21
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
please remember in prayer…
Michael – Went to the Oregon Health Sciences University to have tests on my heart tomorrow. They will be determining if I can have non invasive valve replacement surgery or if I must have open heart surgery.
I had a major scare and I have to make some decisions quickly.
It’s a long drive…I ask for prayers that I will get wise counsel.
I’ll be MIA for a while here…
Michael – Miss Kitty has gone home to Jesus
bob1 – I’m having a procedure done this week because I’ve been having swallowing and coughing issues. I’m kinda nervous.
Michael – Tom Stipe has gone home to the Lord. Pray for his family and friends. We will all miss him.
Em – my daughter on City Council – the hassling continues… She supports the maintenance of their police dept. not a popular stance in much of the Puget Sound area these days, but i confess that i don’t see the benefit in eliminating law enforcement.
Linnea – every joint in my body in pain. It continued to get worse and initial blood tests show I may have an autoimmune disorder. I can’t get in to see a rheumatologist until the end of March and the pain has almost rendered me non-functional. Will you pray God relieves the pain? I can’t get in to see a rheumatologist until the end of the March. Please pray for my husband, too, as he’s taken over all my work.
Captain Kevin –Had a colonoscopy. Dr. found and removed 9 polyps. Follow-up with dr this coming Thursday to find out the pathology… job related difficulties, housing situation, pain everywhere, depression, I’ve lost 26 lbs in the last 5 months, and not because I’m trying. I had been wanting to lose weight, but not this way. Honestly, I’m afraid.
Everstudy – Update on my request…The daughter has been located, but told the police that she is not a missing person and does not want to be looked for. Because she is 18, the missing person case is closed. Understandably, the family is heartbroken, so prayers for all appreciated
Em – So me, big decisions loom calling for wisdom beyond my ken – if you think of it prayer for God’s guidance would be gratefully accepted
Bob Sweat – a church in Iowa has contacted me about a pastoral position. They have watched me teach via a Zoom session where I told them that the basis for me to accept a call to pastor them would not only be based on God’s direction but also the opportunity for my wife and me to meet the people. Their committee met and have unanimously agreed to fly us to Iowa. I am feeling both blessed and scared. I am posting this on PP because many of you have faithfully prayed and encouraged me over the years. Please pray that my passion to serve the Lord in this capacity would not cloud my judgement.
Em – Need prayer cover up here in the mountains – my daughter (nurse) went out to go to work and noticed what looked like oil on the ground. Someone had drained all the oil out of her car AND her truck She going to work in my car which just had a new engine installed – hoping they didn’t empty it also. We’ve got people moving up here now that aren’t good folk, to put it mildly… and we do need prayer for protection now
Duane Arnold – my mother is in assisted living.
Martin Luther’s Disciple – my 96 yr old mother in law is in a similar situation in SoCal.
Jlo – my niece’s husband Aaron is having a tougher time of it. Has a persistent cough and fever. He has new meds today so hopefully he has a breakthrough.
Em – Victoria, homeless with a cat, shelters won’t allow the cat in and the cat is all she has.
Erunner – Our brother in law who is in his early 50’s has learned that his carotid artery is 70% blocked. It appears he will be undergoing surgery. They have also found an issue with his heart. He’s a believer with a gentle and wise spirit.
Please pray for him, his wife, and their three grown children.
Raina R. – my sister-in-law. having horrible headaches and recovering from surgery
jtk – for our outreach to the university.many have considered suicide. This is so urgent in my heart and spirit.
Kelly -I have a real need to continue to see my counselor. In addition to the other reasons I see him for I have been having day long panic attacks, on top of the depression and PTSD-C symptoms.
Alissa -My sweet husband has Autism and was let go from his job.
Patrik -Pray for me, an ER nurse in Indianapolis.
Dan form Georgia – I work in aviation/transportation. We are getting hit HARD as many of you know. I am not even confident when I go into work everyday that it will be my last day (layoff or termination). Also struggling a lot with anxiety.
Chris -My wife started her second career as a nurse on the hospital floor that they treat the Covid patients.
Nancy – discernment of an unexpected opportunity to become a more public advocate for the homeless,
Em – daughter is healing from fracture spine
Linnea – for Greg, treated for an aggressive brain cancer and thought he was clear, but it has roared back. healing and that he and his wife come to know the Lord.
Paige – a family issue and the silencing of a lying gossip who is spreading slander about me to family members and others. It’s an on going issue that is quite perplexing, and apparently demonic. Twisted, delusional and strange.
cash – depression , PTSD
David H – Bell’s Palsy . Right side of my face is paralyzed. Prednisone and an antiviral.
Michael – heart aneurysm and a bad valve, bad back and neck issues.
JD – Marshal whose mother told him that she doesn’t love him
Linnea – Jon and Sarah. Please pray that they would know God’s love and would follow Him out of horrible lifestyles to freedom.
Michael, Rick, Joel, Dan, capt. Kevin, Owen – wand to hear from God in their prayer life
JTK – ongoing back issue.
David H – Aunt Ramona has Adenocarcinoma primary lung cancer.
Victor – chronic back pain
Linnea – sister salvation
Paige – 4 boys to be pleasing to God
Many of you have prayed about my returning to pastoral ministry. Today, I have accepted a position at a church in Oregon. I will begin ministry in August. Thank you for your prayers!
That’s great, Bob!
However, does the church know about the heretic thing? 🙂
Kevin – (wink)
Sweaty–are you free to divulge where? Asking for a friend. 😉
Congrats, Bob Sweat! Really happy for you and yours!
Though I wonder why you would want to put yourself through such in the current climate…
I’m so old that I need a new adventure.😁
Sweater–is that Jason B’s former church? Again, for a friend.
By the way, super happy for you and a bit jealous…
filbertz – nope
BTW, it’s not a Calvary Chapel
Bob S., if i could find a place with room for two horses, i think I’d join you. Hope you folks enjoy the coast and its weather….
Congrats! A new ministry a new adventure… remembering you and yours at Evening Prayer.
Bob, I’m so happy for you!
Hooray!! I am so very happy for you, Bob!!! Been a long time coming, but God gave you your hearts desire. Praying you and your family will bring blessings to this new congregation. And that you will be blessed by them. May you bring much glory to God our Lord and Savior.
Linnea, Michael, and Captain Kevin…praying for you dear friends for your on going physical pain and other medical issues. Always asking Jesus to pray on your behalf and for complete healing. Lord we believe You can, please be willing.
Thank you, Dusty!
Dusty…your prayers are so precious to me. Thank you for praying for Michael, CK, and me…
Thank you everyone! I have appreciated the prayers and support that I have received from my friends at PP for the last 15 years! Yes, it has been that long. My wife and I are excited about returning to Oregon.