Monday, October 31, 2016

"Continue in Prayer" (October 2016)

Sunday (October 30) was our "Fifth Sunday Prayer and Communion Service," a joint service held each time a month has five Sundays. This time both campuses came together in Taylorsville. The emphasis was on the upcoming election, a theme we we have revisited throughout the year, from participating in Franklin Graham's Decision America Tour, to our Independence Day service, to our recent series Vote.

Rather than close the service with communion, we began with it and Pastor Logan took the opportunity to remind everyone that though we may all go to the polls well informed and prayerful, it is unlikely we'll all vote the same way. And that's ok. It's not our politics that unites us, but the sacrifice of Jesus.

If you weren't able to make it, or if you simply want to "continue in prayer" (Colossians 4:2) this week, below are the prompts used during the service along with the corresponding verses that were read:

  1. Ask God to help American believers in general and each of us specifically to maintain a strong testimony for Christ this election season. Jesus didn't say, "By your political affiliation shall all men know that ye are my disciples." Rather, He said, " By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35; cf. Mark 12:31).
  2. Ask God to guide our current leaders and to give us leaders that will serve with wisdom, discernment, and righteousness (cf. 1 Timothy 2:1-3). (NOTE: At this point in the service we broke into groups and cards were distributed with the various offices on the Utah ballot so we could pray specifically for each position.)
  3. Rejoice that God is in control no matter the outcome of the election (cf. 1 Chronicles 29:10-13).

In addition to these prompts, we used social media and email to solicit prayer requests the week prior. Each request was shared and someone volunteered to pray. Everyone enjoyed this unique component as we prayed for needs submitted from Utah and North Carolina.

Plan to join us for our next "Fifth Sunday Prayer and Communion Service" on Sunday, January 29, 2017 in Provo!

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