Read Philippians 4:4-9 as if you’re reading it for the first time.
Philippians 4:4-9New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Spend time reflecting on what phrases or words stood out to you while reading the scripture.
Read verses 4 – 7.
Reflect on what those verses mean in relation to your life.
Read verses 8 – 9.
Reflect on what you have learned and received and how you have applied those things to your life.
Read verses 4 – 9.
Reflect on the entire scripture and pray as a group.
I led this guided prayer experience at First Baptist Church of Sylva Snow Day Vespers on January 24, 2016.
While I wish I had answers and knew how to solve every issue in this broken, fragmented and unfair world I don’t but I’m reminded of Mother Teresa who said ““Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” While we sit in our cozy warm homes on snow days let us think of those who don’t have warm homes or clothes or enough food. .
As we recognize need in this world help us to learn what we can do to help and provide encouragement. Help us to be a voice with the voiceless. Help us to help the helpless. Help us to share the peace of Christ will all who we come in contact with even when it isn’t peaceful. Equip us to be ambassadors for you. Now God help us to not turn our head when we see need but to stand up and make a change. Amen.
Go make a difference!
“As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.” Colossians 2:6-7 NRSV
We’re rooted together at After School as we learn, live and grow together each day as over 40 children come, led by our talented staff they learn about other cultures, learn biblical stories and create community. This unique community brings together children from across our county together with college students who love, nurture and care for them; one parent described after school as a place where her child had access to big brothers and sisters that cared for him. Our After School Ministry is a community that is living, learning and growing together. Thanks be to God for what he is doing!
I shared this with our church on Sunday, January 10, 2016 about our After School Ministry.