Tabernacle United Methodist Church
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Our Purpose: To build the Body of Christ by growing mature disciples through: Prayer, Worship, Evangelism, Fellowship, Study, and Christian Service.
Prayer Ministry Opportunities
Easter Prayer Vigil
In preparation for Easter, we will have a 24 Hour Prayer Vigil in the church sanctuary. The Vigil begins at 8:00 p.m. Good Friday, March 29 and concludes at 8:00 p.m. Holy Saturday, March 30. During this private prayer time, individuals are asked to pray for families of the church and other prayer concerns or requests. Tabernacle is a praying congregation, and we hope that each of you will sign up for an hour or more to raise the "full canopy of prayer and intercession" for others. The sign up poster will be in the Fellowship Hall. Please help in this meaningful preparation for Easter. Security will be provided for the late night hours and early morning hours.
We would also like to invite the members and friends of Tabernacle to make a specific prayer request for themselves, their family members, a friend, financial situation, etc. These requests will be written on 3X5 index cards, and participants in the Prayer Vigil will use the cards as they pray for our church family. Over the course of 24 hours, you could be prayed for by name 5 to 10 times. For questions or to make prayer requests, call Susan Pleasants at 540-786-6162 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday Morning Prayers/Care
Time: 9:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Place: 411 in yellow hall
Individuals pray for prayer requests from the phone prayer chains and from the electronic prayer chains. Other prayer requests are often made during this time of prayer.
Prayers for Sunday Morning Church Services
Time: Prior to each church service on Sunday 8:15, 9:45 and 11:00 a.m.
Place: Prayer Room
People go to the Prayer Room and pray for Pastor Steve as he delivers the message, the choir as they deliver the message in music, and for the Holy Spirit to be present and touch individuals during the service.
Time: Once a year on Saturday to be named from 9:00-12:00 p.m.
Place: Multi-Purpose Room
Share breakfast with others and spend time studying prayer and growing closer to God through a better understanding of prayer.
Prayer as a Pillar of Tabernacle Church
In our church service each week, we hear Pastor Steve say that Tabernacle is a praying congregation. There are numerous ways in which we pray for one another. Many Sundays there are Prayer Quilts on the altar. We pray a silent pray over the quilt for the individual's prayer request then tie a knot on the quilt to symbolize our prayer. At our 2012 Prayer Vigil, we prayed for 204 specific requests from church members and friends. In our Contemporary Service, prayer requests and praises are submitted on 3X5 note cards which are given to our Thursday morning prayer team. During our monthly Healing Service, we pray for individuals who need physical, emotional, relational, and financial healing. On our website, www.tabumc.org, there is a place to make a prayer request electronically. We also have seven phone prayer chains.
Prayer is an important part of our six pillars; for the Lord tells us, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and the one who knocks, the door will be opened (Matthew 7:7-8)." The Lord also tells us that our journey is not to be taken alone. We need to pray, but we also need the prayers of others. Use one of the methods mentioned here to let others intercede for you. Do not walk the path alone.