Join Us in the Power of Prayer
by Annie Mueller, PCJH Deacon
Why hold a prayer vigil? The Pascal family is embarking on a three month Sabbatical, with travel to four countries around the world. Their plans have specific intent – to refresh, discover, and grow, spiritually and in their relationships. Pastor Ben hopes it is a transformational journey for each of them, as well as for the PCJH congregation.
These are lofty goals. As Christians we turn to God to carry us through such journeys. We pray for good health, safe travels and meaningful encounters along the way. That’s the focus of this Prayer Vigil.
On Saturday April 20, from 7:00am to 8:00pm, the PCJH Chapel will be open to anyone who would like to come spend an hour in prayer for the Pascals’ sabbatical. You may ask, how can I pray for a whole hour? As you enter the chapel there will be a guidance sheet available, as well as a candle to light and a sign-in sheet.
Some practical suggestions include…bring what you need to be comfortable. Pray out loud, in a soft voice if there are others around. Praying out loud helps us focus our thoughts. Praise God for the many blessings he has granted you. Spend some time in silence, listening to what the Holy Spirit is putting on your heart.
My trip to the Holy Land last year taught me that travel prayers matter. The message I got from the Holy Spirit during that trip was that I need to Pray Bigger. Following that trip, I read The Last Arrow by Erwin McManus, who says “If we choose to make a small life, we do not make enough room for a big God.” All of these events led me to join the Deacon Prayer Team this year, along with Bill Klyn, Marge McCallister, Carol Poole, Ed Scott, Sandra Zender and Nancy Brumsted. We welcome your participation and thank you for supporting the Pascals as they prepare to start their incredible journey.