19th Century Hymn—I Love You, My Jesus    I love you my Jesus, I love you my Lord; I love you my Savior, I love you my God;   I love you, I love you, and that you well know; But how much I love you my actions will show.   O Jesus my Savior,

“Prayer is not about getting what we want, or even what we oftentimes are sure is right for us and those around us; prayer is about unleashing the frightening, unstable, uncontrollable power of God.”   -Brian Blount, Union Seminary New Testament Professor   “Prayer is not conquering God’s reluctance, but taking hold of God’s willingness.”  -Phillips

The forces of good and evil are contending for the world.  If we would, we could add to the conquering power of the army of righteousness, and yet our lips are sealed, our hands hang listlessly by our side, and we jeopardize the very cause in which we profess to be deeply interested by holding

“It is intense and profound business which deals with God and His plans and purposes, and it takes whole-hearted men to do it.  No half-hearted, half-brained, half-spirited effort will do for this serious, all important, heavenly business.  The whole heart, the whole brain, the whole spirit, must be in the matter of praying, which is

“A true friend sees the first tear…catches the second…and stops the third.” –Angelique Arnauld “The task of God’s people is rooted in Christ’s mission.  Simply stated, Jesus preached the good news of the kingdom in word and in deed, so the church must do the same.  And as we have seen, Jesus particularly delighted in

Faith sees in the resurrection of Christ not the eternity of heaven, but the future of the very earth on which his cross stands.  It sees in him the future of the very humanity for which he died.  That is why it finds the cross the hope of the earth. ― Jürgen Moltmann, Theology of Hope  

Reflections “The church’s greatest impact may not stem from asking for great things from a few people, but for many small things from a lot of people.  Can you imagine how different our world would be if every Christian personally engaged in some form of outreach or service?”          —Rick Rusaw, The

Responsive Prayer of the People Leader:  Our God, three in one, hear our prayer.  Continue to bless us that we may be a blessing to others. People:  Keep us strong that we may help the weak. Leader:  Keep us uplifted that we may have words of comfort and encouragement for others. People:  We pray for

The First Prayer in Congress Reverend  Jacob Duché, an Episcopal clergyman, officiated, becoming the first of an unbroken chain of Christian chaplains to open each session of both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate in prayer, to this day.   Following is the text of the First Prayer in Congress:  O Lord, our Heavenly

Reflections — Tidbits for Thought Temptation must come, and we do not know what it is until we meet it.  When we do meet it, we must not debate with God, but stand absolutely true to Him no matter what it costs us personally, and we will find that the onslaught will leave us with