Prayer Vigil Feedback

During Holy Week we held a 24-hour prayer vigil.  Here are is a sample of the feedback that I received:

During the prayer time I was able to be honest with God and tell Him I felt I had a sore spot between He and I, as if He had let us down in this area...sort of like a good friend that hurts your feelings. By the end of the prayer time I did not have any answers, but a more peaceful feeling that I had been honest with Him and He had accepted that.

I spent much of the time singing through some of my favorite hymns, a few of which I hadn’t song in quite a while.  It was a wonderful time that left me feeling greatly encouraged and in a much better frame of mind.

I prayed before heading to work for the day and I found that I arrive at the office in a much, much better mood than usual!

Initially it was hard, and I wasn’t sure I could pray for the whole 3o minutes.  However, I found that just being still asking for God to speak to me was a very reassuring experience.  I should probably do that more often.

I didn’t sign up right away because I wasn’t sure about doing it.  Then God cleared my schedule and I participated.  I am glad that I did.

I couldn’t believe how fast the 3o minutes went by! (I heard this from several people)

The prayer guide really helped, and I played some praise music softly in the background.  It felt more like a personal time of worship more than anything else.

It was really stretching for me personally.

Thanks again to everyone for participating and for those who provided some feedback.  I have no doubt that God was pleased!  A few folks cautioned against doing a prayer vigil like this too often, and I agree.  We will do it again, but perhaps only once or twice a year.

HOWEVER, we should never stop praying!  I encourage all of us to continue to seek the Lord through prayer everyday!

Here’s what’s happening:

  1. We could use some folks to help out as greeters before Sunday school.  If you are willing to help please see Dave Weimer.
  2. We are still in need of volunteers to serve in the nursery during the worship services.  Please see Shirley Echternach.
  3. CVCCS is having their annual “Walk & Ride from Hunger” fundraising event this Sunday afternoon, 4/29 at the Conestoga Valley High School.  This involves participating in either a 2 mile or 3.1 mile walk or a motorcycle ride through Lancaster County.  Check it out at http://cvccs.org/walk-ride-from-hunger
  4. Evangelical Theology Seminary turns 65 in 2018.  They have requested that all E.C. churches consider giving a “gift” in celebration.  We will be taking a love offering on this coming Sunday, April 29, and again on Sunday, May 6th in support of the seminary.  If you would like to contribute, please note your contribution for “Evangelical Seminary” in a separate envelope or using a separate check.
  5. There will be a VBS Meeting on Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 pm at the church.  This meeting is for ALL who are planning to help with VBS this year.  Registration for VBS is now LIVE on the church website.
  6. Twin Pines Camp is holding their annual “Summer Celebration” on June 9th.
  7. There will be a meeting for all the folks involved in the Junior Worship ministry on Sunday, May 6th during the Sunday School hour.  We will be discussing the ministry to determine if any “tweaks” are needed and also planning the summer schedule.  WE COULD USE A FEW MORE VOLUNTEERS!  If you at all interested please come to the meeting to learn more about this important ministry.
  8. Ministry Council meets this Tuesday, May 1 at 6:30 pm at the church.

This Sunday we will focusing our time on the second half of Esther chapter 2 and discussing what God expects from us when it comes to doing the right thing.