Start Your Week Strong – Pray – 2-26-17

Read: Matthew 17.1-13

This is such a mysterious and fascinating event in the life of Jesus and His disciples, Peter, James and John. Jesus takes them on a high mountain climb. It was perhaps Mount Herman the highest mountain in Israel, at the base of which were many places of pagan worship. When they reach the right place Jesus is transfigured before their eyes. His clothes shine or radiate in a non-earthly manner. Then, Moses and Elijah appear and begin a conversation with Jesus. Peter wanted to preserve the moment and wanted to build something of a monument to the experience. But instead a bright cloud surrounded them and a voice from within said, “this is my Son, whom I love, I am pleased with him. Listen to Him”! The disciples fall face down on the ground and are terrified. (Remember that these were almost the exact same words spoken about Jesus at his baptism – Matt. 3.17). Jesus touches them and said, “Get up”, “don’t be afraid”. Their fear caused them to almost miss a rare and exceptional moment. Perhaps this wonderful moment is to encourage the human and earthly Jesus of what awaits him following His death. This moment of glory will give Him strength and confidence for the time that He will bear the crushing burden of the horrid weight of sin that does not belong to Him but that He will take upon Himself because of His willingness to be the necessary sacrificial lamb.

Jesus instructs them to wait until He is “raised from the dead” to tell of this experience to anyone. They are aware of Jewish traditional belief that Elijah is to come before the Messiah can come. And Jesus helps them understand that Elijah has already arrived. And they realize that was the role of John the Baptist.

God has a passionate and undeniable heart for all people. God is upon His throne forever. He will not be deposed. He blesses His people! He always desires to draw His people’s hearts again to Himself and assure them that He will love with a love that never falters nor fails. It is true that God deserves our gratitude and praise as none other does.

This week continues the Season of Epiphany (color is green) during which we celebrate the early life and ministry years of Jesus. And Wednesday is Ash Wednesday the beginning of Lent (color is purple).

We give our prayers for persons involved in these events.

Our 2017 Missions Festival-March 17, 18, 19(Fri-Sun), 2017

We pray that hearts will be open to receive God’s blessings and that they will choose to bless others.

Give thanks for each person across this congregation who is praying today so that we are encouraged by God’s Spirit moving among us. And let us pray for: Mitch Robinson + Tricia Testerman Walters + Marsha Easley(cancer) + Garrett Frierson + Bill Hodges + David Silvers + Ashley Foster + Joy Carpenter + Lindsay Smith + Mike Travis + Charlie Seay + Brian Baker(death of brother) + Nancy Renner(death of Aunt) + Marylee Copeland(death of Mother) + Susie Johnson(death of sister in law) + Greg Harrell (surgery) + David Silvers + Charlotte Sierocinski (5yrs old, brain cancer, from White Pine) + Susan Taylor + more workers for the Jail Ministry Team + the events of violence across our nation + we pray for eyes of faith to see God at work in people’s lives. We give thanks for God’s abundant goodness!

Pray for the 2nd & 3rd Grade SS Class whom we love in Christ, to enjoy God’s Presence:

Robert Kelly Audrey Noe Rory Stapleton Braylen Vaughn

Wyatt Elam Ethan Elam Bruin Corbett Parker Gulliver

Lucianna Cavallucci Conner Callison Piper Clary Christopher Emery

Colt Gentry Harper McGuffin Grace Ross Ashley Sadlon

Hayden Vaughn Keaton Williams Jenna Chandler Addison Addair

The teachers and leaders of this Class:

Mel Snowden and Diana Seay

Let’s Pray for this First UMC staff member:

Lisa Cavallucci – Director of Ministries with Children and her host of volunteers who work so hard in our Children’s Ministries especially Sunday School, Children’s Church and Wednesday evening events.

We also Pray for:

  • Our brothers and sisters in a variety of countries who are being persecuted for honoring the name of Christ. We pray they will choose to continue to be bold in making Christ known (Phil. 1.14).
  • Father Tom, the Roman Catholic Priest kidnapped from his chapel in Yemen by an ISIS branch after they had murdered 15 within the Roman Catholic home for the mentally challenged and aged
  • A permanent resolution of the hostilities within and between Ukraine and Russia and within Syria.
  • A permanent defeat of ISIS in all its global forms and groups
  • The conversion of all members of the documented 892 active hate groups in the USA
  • The peace of Jerusalem
  • Our leaders in these areas:

+ In our City of Morristown, especially Mayor Gary Chesney and the City Council members

+ Hamblen County, especially Mayor Bill Britton and our County Commissioners

+ State of Tennessee, especially Gov. Bill Haslam + Our state legislators and justices

+ Our nation, these United States of America, including our President Donald Trump

+ Both houses of the United States Congress, especially Del. Phil Roe and Senators Lamar

Alexander and Bob Corker + Our Supreme Court Justices

+ All who are entrusted with elected or appointed leadership, that they will be moved to humble

themselves before You, Almighty God, and seek Your wisdom

  • We pray for the wisdom, strength and safety of our First Responders (Fire + Law Enforcement + 911) and the several branches of our military who are serving on our behalf at home and abroad
  • We pray for the prosperity of Morristown and Hamblen County for good quality and good paying jobs so that workers will be able to provide well for their families and build the kind of community we are all glad to call home.
  • We pray for leaders of government and business around the world to be responsive to God’s will. We pray they will conduct their responsibilities in government, business and commerce with the ideals of truth, justice and fairness.
  • Aseri UMC, Estonia – Our sister Connecting Congregation and Pastor Demitri
  • Varna UMC, Bulgaria, Our In Mission Together Partnering Congregation and their District Superintendent and Pastor, Daniel Topalski, our Keynote Speaker for 2017 Missions Festival
  • We pray for teachers, students, administrators and staffs of all our schools and for the cultivation of healthy relationships.
  • We pray for people to open their hearts, minds and souls so that Holy Spirit can turn them toward the love of God. We pray for people to be sick of their sin. We pray for people to willingly receive all their healing and hope found only in the grace-filled atoning love of God.
  • We give thanks that the General Conference of the United Methodist Church meeting in May 2016 decided to retain our current denominational stance on human sexuality.
  • We pray for Revival in the best sense of the word. We pray that our desire will be to receive the same joy of Jesus that He found in being rightly related with the Father.
  • We give thanks for the persons who joined the church yesterday: Bob & Helen Fitts, Jackie Murray, Regina Lee, and Hugh Hammill. God bless them to be a blessing in His name to others.

God Bless you and Thank you for Praying!