Toward the end of his letter to the Ephesians St. Paul wrote, “…praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” (Eph. 6:18) Prior to writing these words the apostle had been describing in some detail the Christian armor which we need “to stand against the schemes of the devil.” (Eph. 6:11) William Barclay writes, “Finally, Paul comes to the greatest weapon of all-and that is the weapon of prayer …. It is maybe the greatest lack in the Christian life that our tendency is so often to pray only in the great crises of life. It is from daily prayer that there comes the daily strength of the Christian.” It is much easier to approach God in times of crisis if we are accustomed to talking to Him in the ordinary course of life. When should we pray? Always,in the good times as well as the bad.
St. Paul qualified his admonition that we be people of prayer by adding the words “in the Spirit.” We need to pray like people who are spiritually alive. It is vital to be orthodox in our beliefs, but it is not enough. When the Lord spoke to the church at Ephesus in Rev. 2:1-5 He commended them for their stanch orthodoxy, but chastised them because they had “lost their first love.” D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones made this point clear when he wrote, “As theology is ultimately the knowledge of God, the more theology I know, the more it should drive me to seek to know God. Not just to know ‘about’ Him but to know Him! The whole object of salvation is to bring me to a knowledge of God. I may talk learnedly about regeneration, but what is eternal life? It is `that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent` (John 17:3). If all my knowledge does not lead me to prayer there is something wrong somewhere.”
St. Paul tells us that we should be praying “for all the saints.” (Eph. 6:18) We should regularly pray for those whom we know and love in the church and in our families. We should pray for Christians whom we do not know personally, especially believers who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ in countries such as Sudan. Those who do not know Christ as their Savior should also be in our prayers that they might receive salvation.
It has been truly said that prayer is the life’s blood of the Christian. It is certainly true that the times in the history of the Church when great things were happening were the times when Christians took prayer seriously and were indeed “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” May this be true in our lives and in our day.
By Rev. F. M. Levi
Annual Parish Meeting
Our Annual Parish Meeting was held on Sunday, March 9, 2008 following morning worship. The meeting was preceded by a luncheon prepared by the ladies of the Woman’s Guild. In the meeting various committee and department reports were read and discussed. Elections also took place, the result of which follow:
Senior Warden – Frank Sellers Jr.
Junior Warden – George Yapp
2006-2009 – Rev. Derrick Hassert
2007-2010 – Beth Garrison, Edwina Greco, Henry Leenstra, Elaine Spencer
2008-2011 – Carl Spencer,
Rev. Frank Levi
Rev. Derrick Hassert
We thank all who attended the meeting. Special thanks is extended to those who have served in various leadership capacities in the past and those who will be serving in the future.
Soup Suppers – THANK YOU! To all hosts, co-hosts, and everyone who helped make the Lenten Soup Suppers a success.
Missionary of The Month
Bishop Oommen Samuel Family (Oommen & Mary) and their children Susan & Brian. Superintendent, Treasurer, Pastor, Bible Teacher. Lalitpur, India.
April 3 – Rev. John Baird
April 5 – Beth Garrison
April 6 – Cheryl Novak
April 19 – Danny Rago
April 18 – Kim Woodard
April 21 – Mark Levi
April 28 – Logan Sellers
by Helen Kitchell Evans
Snow has vanished from the hill tops.
Daffodils from down below
Look up from the valley;
Like drops of gold they glow.
Soft clouds drift and flow aloft.
Buds, each branch now, tightly fill.
There is a freshness in the air and
Birds call out with voices shrill.
Lovely are the April days,
Sunshine bright and then, a shower;
All reminding us that God
Daily shows to us His power.