In January 2020 our church will embark on a new journey called Prayer 2020. We are starting a new year and a new decade growing in our connection to God as we grow in our prayer life. We are focusing on prayer because we know that prayer is critical in the life a Christ follower.

If you want to be a disciple of Jesus – then you have to spend time with Jesus, and prayer allows that to happen. However, too many of us get too busy to pray, or we think we don’t know how to pray, or we worry that we have to use the “right” words. Praying isn’t that complicated. It is simply talking to God.

Hopefully you received a Prayer Guide at one of our Christmas Eve services. However, if you didn’t, or if you want to invite others to join us on this journey, you can find it on our website by clicking the link below. Starting January 1, each day we invite you to use the guide to help you develop or deepen your prayer life. Read the prayer for the day. Pray for the area of ministry attached to the day. Spend time talking to God.

I also hope you will participate in our church-wide weekly fast. In a general sense, fasting can mean a number of things: abstaining from food and drink, abstaining from food only, or abstaining from certain foods for a limited period of time. In the Christian sense, fasting is abstaining from food as a spiritual discipline. Many Christians view fasting as a way to focus on prayer and to express a deeper commitment to prayer.

If this is your first time to fast – here are some tips:

  1. Don’t get so caught up with the act of fasting itself that you forget why you’re doing it in the first place.
  2. Decide whether you’re going to do a complete fast (water only), a no-solid-food fast that allows milk, juice, coffee and tea, a no-meat fast, or some other kind of fast. There are no fixed rules here but it’s always good to try to keep the fast you set out to do.
  3. Be certain the you are physically able to fast – do not risk your health.
  4. Make sure you drink plenty of water while fasting, no matter what kind of fast you choose.

We will begin fasting at sundown on Tuesday each week and will break our fast with Holy Communion in Rutland Memorial Chapel on Wednesday evenings at 5:00. (If you can’t make it to the chapel at 5:00 on Wednesdays you will break you fast with supper.) Throughout the day on Wednesdays, you are welcome to come to the Chapel and pray. We will have the Chapel open from 6:00 – 6:00 each Wednesday.

Finally, throughout January – we will focus our Sermon Series on Prayer. In our series entitled “Livin’ on a Prayer”, we will be looking at the ideas of Why Should I Pray?, What Prayer Isn’t, How Do I Pray?, and What Do I Do When God Says ‘No’?

Prayer 2020 will be AMAZING. After all – when we pray – the eternal, all knowing, all powerful, majestic, holy, divine God of all that was, all that is, and all that will be – is listening. So we are going to start the year, and start the decade spending time with our God through prayer.

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Get your digital copy of the January prayer booklet by clicking the download link below!

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