Pastor Bryant read Hebrews 5:7-9, a recount of Jesus's prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane (cf. Matthew 26:36ff.). Focusing on verse 7a, he explained that mourning is a part of prayer and that it's okay to to let God know that you're sad, angry, or heartbroken over what is happening in your life or the lives of those around you. After holding hands and praying such a prayer together, Pastor Bryant explained how we solicited prayer requests over the previous week. Volunteers stood to pray for nearly a dozen requests from AZ, NJ, NC, and UT.
Returning to verses 7b and 8, we considered how God doesn't always answer our prayers the way we want or think they should be answered. However, our response to God must always be obedience and submission to His will. After a few minutes of silent prayer, Emily sang "Thy Will."
The service then turned toward praise, as we thanked God for Christ's obedience (cf. v. 9) and His subsequent blessings in our lives. One of those blessings was allowing us to send our first group of teens to church camp this summer. Two of them shared with us about that life changing week.
We closed the service by observing the Lord's Supper, a time to look back not on any promises we have made to God but on the promise He made to us and fulfilled in the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Afterward the service, everyone was invited over to Pastor Logan and Grayson's house for pizza.
Plan to join us for our next "Fifth Sunday Prayer and Communion Service" on Sunday, October 30, 2016 in Taylorsville!