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Praying for Pastors (Part 1 of 2)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
I need your regular prayers. My feet are made of clay, just like yours, and there are days when the responsibilities I face seem beyond me. That’s not a bad place to be, since it’s in times like them that we truly learn that Christ’s grace is sufficient for us, and that his power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10).
Each and every one of us faces challenges in our different vocations. I don’t want to sound like those of our pastoral staff are somehow extraordinary. But given that the church is, at bottom, a spiritual body with designated leaders, I think it’s wise for us to pray for our spiritual leaders. So what follows is the first half of a weekly prayer guide for the pastoral staff. The guide is not original to me; it was originally written by Darold Lyles of Northside Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, TN. I’ve presented most of what he wrote and related it to me; you can make adjustments as you pray for the different members of our pastoral staff.
SUNDAY: I pray for my pastor as a PREACHER-TEACHER (Ephesians 4:11-12).
· I pray that Christ may be lifted up through him and his words.
· I pray that he may experience the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
· I pray that lives will be changed through his preaching.
MONDAY: I pray for my pastor as a SERVANT-LEADER (Matthew 20:26-28).
· I pray that he may lead his staff and family with the wisdom, direction, and sensitivity that only the Holy Spirit can give.
· I pray that he will offer guidance to the leaders of the church that brings unity, shared vision, and the will of God.
TUESDAY: I pray for my pastor as a PERSON (2 Timothy 2:1-7).
· I pray for his spiritual, physical, and emotional health; I also pray for a Sabbath rest this week.
· I pray for him in his roles of husband, father, brother, friend, citizen.
· I pray that temptations, the devil, or the things of earth will not overtake his heart with lies, undue preoccupation, or misplaced priorities.
Where in the World is Pastor Matt? Pastor Matt is in Rhode Island this weekend officiating at the wedding of Danielle Dawkins, daughter of Fitzroy and Tammy Dawkins, and Ryson Porter.
Serve Table in the Atrium: We have many ministry opportunities for you to serve here at Stone Hill Church. There is a Serve Table in the atrium each Sunday for you to examine your spiritual gifts, survey the ministry opportunities, and find a place to serve here. Each Sunday it will feature and highlight different ministries. Stop by the Serve Table before and after services today!
"Join a Circle" Sunday: Small Group Expo for the Fall 2019- God never intended us to live life in isolation. A crucial part of growing in Christ is to learn to live life with other people in community. Small groups at Stone Hill provide a context for developing those life giving relationships. Sunday, September 8, after each service, join us for a Small Group Expo in the atrium. Are you looking for a small group of people to share your life with? The Expo is an opportunity to meet several small group leaders and find s small group. Look for Small Group Expo signs in the atrium after both services.
Small Group Leaders Needed: Are you willing to host and/or pursue facilitating a small group this fall? Please email Pastor Tracy at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have our full small group list available just after Labor Day for those who haven’t connected with a small group.
Stone Hill Learning Center: There is an opening for a faculty position for the upcoming academic year: Middle School U S History (Wed. 9:30 a.m.-12:00p.m.). This is a salaried position. The class meets for only 2.5 hours a week with additional outside time required for preparation and grading. SHLC teachers must be committed Christians and agree with the Core doctrinal principles of Stone Hill Church. Furthermore, they must hold a college degree or equivalent and have experience teaching at the grade level for which they are applying. For more information, please contact Kim Torquato, Director at Learningcenter@stonehillprinceton.org.
Garage Give-Away: Donations needed for the ISI Annual Garage Give-Away "for every international student and scholar." One day only: Saturday, September 7 starting at 8 a.m. Pick up a flyer at the Missions Corner for details.
Join the Choir: Come and sing with the Stone Hill choir! No audition necessary. Additional singers for all sections are welcome and needed. Rehearsals begin September 8 and continue every Sunday from 5-6:30 p.m. If you have questions about choir, please contact Bob Doll at email@example.com.