Basics of Prayer Sermon Series

So often, when talking about prayer, even those of us who have been in church all of our lives say we don’t know how to pray, or we’re uncomfortable praying aloud, or we aren’t eloquent enough to pray. But prayer is one of the most natural things we do, and all of us do it instinctively. Prayer doesn’t require a sophisticated theological vocabulary or an advanced level of spiritual maturity. In fact, prayer starts with these five words: help, thanks, wow, sorry, and yes.

 

Week 1: Help (May 21, 2017)

Brendan Cooney, Children and Family Ministries Director

The first key to healthy relationships is good, healthy communication: the words we speak have the power to heal or the power to hurt; how we use them is up to us.

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Week 2: Thanks (May 28, 2017)

Rev. Elizabeth Ingram Schindler, Lead Pastor

Sometimes prayers of thanks come naturally, especially when things go exceptionally well: without thinking, we utter a big “thank you” to God or to no one in particular. But we’re called to cultivate lives of gratitude beyond the big successes and happy surprises, praying prayers of thanksgiving for the routine, the mundane, the often-overlooked-or-taken-for-granted.

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Week 3: Wow (June 4, 2017)

Rev. Elizabeth Ingram Schindler, Lead Pastor

“Wow” is the prayer at the first glimpse of the Grand Canyon, but it’s also the prayer at the unexplainable tragedy that catches us off guard (the “what the heck?!” prayer). It is the honest, vulnerable, authentic cry of our hearts, even when we have no words.

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Week 4: Sorry (June 11, 2017)

Rev. Elizabeth Ingram Schindler, Lead Pastor

“I’m sorry” can be one of the hardest things we say to each other, and it can be difficult for us to say to God, as well. But it’s one of the most important things for our human relationships, and it’s important for our relationship with God.

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Week 5: Yes (June 18, 2017)

John Hand, Lay Preacher

Everyone is called to service by God in both general and specific ways. Sometimes it’s a dramatic, hard-to-ignore all, and sometimes it’s a subtler feeling that grows over years. What God calls us to is often challenging and uncomfortable, but also life-giving and rewarding. But God only invites us; God doesn’t compel us. Instead, we have to say ‘yes’ (or at least ‘okay’) in prayer to follow God’s call, both for the big, dramatic changes in our lives and for the everyday call to be a follower of Jesus.

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