Posts Tagged "Prayer"

Pastor’s Ponderings: Prayer Brings Peace in the Storm!

Posted by on Aug 25, 2017 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings:  Prayer Brings Peace in the Storm!

As Pastor Jim wrote this article (on 8/25/17), Hurricane Harvey was barrelling down on Southeast Texas. In addition to the other tragedies facing the world, each of us faces our own times of stress and change.   In the midst of impending storms, and in the middle of storms, be reminded that prayer offers a tremendous pathway for peace…  Greetings Friends:   Philippians 4:6-7 tells us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with...

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Five Finger Praying

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Godprints | 0 comments

Five Finger Praying

How do you pray??? Do you use words?  Do you just think of images knowing that God knows the rest? What do you say? Do you ask for stuff? Do you just confess and ask for forgiveness?  Do you vent your frustrations??? Ever since the beginning of human existence- even after Jesus introduced His model prayer- people struggle with figuring out how to pray.  Maybe you use the “A. C. T. S. ” Model: A– Adoration C– Confession T– Thanksgiving S– Supplication  ...

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Say a Nehemiah 2:4 Prayer!

Posted by on Apr 22, 2017 in God Moments | 0 comments

Say a Nehemiah 2:4 Prayer!

Things are going along pretty well, then all of a sudden life throws you a curve and the steam of anger or fear starts to build. Or, all of a sudden you’re in a dire situation where you need to make a quick decision. What do you do?
Follow the example of Nehemiah and say a quick “Nehemiah 2:4 Prayer”!

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What Should We Pray For???

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Bible Study, GroupPresentations | 0 comments

What Should We Pray For???

We hear a lot about prayer.  Prayer is a big part of developing a relationship with God…  it’s a huge part of being a Christian. But what do we pray for?  Can we “bother” God with trivial requests like asking for a good parking spot?  What about praying for someone’s  health; maybe it’s God’s will that this person not get well.  Should we pray anyway?  Can we pray for ourselves?  What can we pray for??? Some of these are difficult questions, and we...

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New Years Eve Silent Communion (12/31/16)

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in EventAnnouncement, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

New Years Eve Silent Communion (12/31/16)

Milestones such as New Year’s Eve can be helpful reminders of re-assessing your relationship with God.  How have you grown?  How has your faith been tested?  When did you fail to heed God’s call to discipleship?  How can you be a better disciple in the future? Not only do we need to hold each other accountable, but we also need to hold ourselves accountable. Small groups and “Emmaus Reunion Groups” are important accountability tools.  But, we still need to come to the...

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Becoming Agents of Holiness-Pt 3 (10/2/16)

Posted by on Nov 20, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

Becoming Agents of Holiness-Pt 3 (10/2/16)

Why didn’t God answer my prayer?!? This is a struggle Christians always run into. Maybe God just hasn’t answered it YET. Maybe He did answer it and it wasn’t the answer you were looking for so you didn’t recognize the answer. Or, sometimes it’s because the connection between you and God has been blocked. Blocked by a Prayer Whammy! Read on to find out more…

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Becoming Agents of Holiness- Pt 2 (9/25/16)

Posted by on Nov 6, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

Becoming Agents of Holiness- Pt 2 (9/25/16)

“The Power of Intercessory Prayer” Pastor Jim is preaching a sermon series on Prayer, entitled “Becoming Objects of Holiness.”  Last week, he introduced the series by challenging us with the importance of prayer, and highlighting the importance of praying together (“Corporate Prayer”). In this week’s sermon, he reminded us of the power that comes when we pray for others (“Intercessory Prayer”).  Peter was in jail, about to be executed, and his friends...

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Becoming Agents of Holiness- Pt 1 (9/18/16)

Posted by on Oct 1, 2016 in Sermons | 0 comments

Becoming Agents of Holiness- Pt 1 (9/18/16)

Pastor Jim is beginning a sermon series on Prayer, entitled “Becoming Objects of Holiness.”  In this first week, he reminded us that prayer changes us; it doesn’t change God.  In order to grow into holiness and to be an “agent” that God can use to His glory, we must develop an active and growing prayer life. And it’s important that we pray together as a family of believers in “Corporate Prayer.” Yeah- I can go into my “prayer closet”...

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Prayer: Steering Wheel or Spare Tire???

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Signboard | 0 comments

Prayer:  Steering Wheel or Spare Tire???

The next time you get into your car, notice what you do. It’s all habit so you probably haven’t even thought about it. But chances are, you sit down, buckle up, and then you start the engine. But before you go, what’s the first part of the car you touch? Or put it this way… do you start out by touching the Steering Wheel or do you instantly go to the Spare Tire?

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If My People (7/3/16)

Posted by on Jul 9, 2016 in Sermons | 1 comment

If My People (7/3/16)

It’s July 3rd and tomorrow we’ll turn to our traditions of hot dogs, parades, and fireworks to celebrate the birth of our country. So how do we prepare for this?

God has given us a roadmap in 2 Chronicles that shows us how to be true “patriots” who seek the healing of our land. God is calling “His People” to constantly turn to God in humble prayer, to seek His face, and to change. IF we grow in our relationship by doing these things, God will “heal our land.”

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Pray Daily for Our Missionaries

Posted by on Jan 10, 2016 in EventReminder, Mission: Beyond our Community | 0 comments

Pray Daily for Our Missionaries

Pray for Our Missionaries! How often have you greeted a missionary who spoke at our church on a Sunday and promised to “keep them in our prayers” when they return to the mission field?  For those of us who have never been a “Missionary” in the traditional sense,  it’s difficult to imagine their needs.  It’s hard to know what to pray for. Our missions offerings are sent directly to the missionaries that PUMC helps to support. And a portion of UMC Shared...

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Daily Thanksgiving Prayer Meditation

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in God Moments | 0 comments

Daily Thanksgiving Prayer Meditation

What am I thankful for?  Most of us could probably name friends, family, home, or other material blessings.  But how do you develop a Thankful Attitude? How do you get into the mode where you can see God’s hand in everything, and then become truly thankful? The following video was produced by the United Methodist Church, and helps to lead you into a time of Thankful meditation.  Close the door, turn off the phone, lock out the distractions, and allow yourself to see God…  ...

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i-Phone? i-Pad?!? Turn them off and say “I Pray”!!!

Posted by on Sep 4, 2015 in Signboard | 0 comments

i-Phone? i-Pad?!?  Turn them off and say “I Pray”!!!

On September 4, 2015 the following message was posted on our signboard: I-PHONE? I-PAD? I PRAY!!!   Do we get so caught up in our gadgets that we forget to pray? Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are great ways to keep in touch with friends across the miles. But we’ve all heard stories (and have seen it first hand) when members of a family in a restaurant sit around the table staring at their smartphones instead of talking to each other. We waste chances to share with each other and...

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Panic! Now What? (7/26/15)

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

Panic!  Now What? (7/26/15)

On July 26, Pastor Jim was taking a much deserved vacation, so our sermon was given by Lay Servant Jim Kier.  What do you do when your whole world is about to crash around you?  What do you do when that moment hits you and you feel that you’re in serious danger? Jim’s scripture was John 6:1-21.  Click the below “Play” button to start the recording of the message, then scroll down to read the scripture and to follow along with the sermon…     John 6:1-21...

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Dependence Upon God (7/5/15)

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 in Sermons | 0 comments

Dependence Upon God (7/5/15)

On July 4, we celebrated the independence of our country from England.  But on July 5, Pastor Jim led us into a celebration of our DEPENDENCE on God.  Our nation’s roots are founded on God, and we need to keep praying for all of our leaders. Click the below “play” button to start the recording, then scroll down to follow along…     Our scripture was from 1 Timothy 2:1-7.  Pastor Jim read from The Living Bible translation (paraphrase)… 1 Timothy 2:1-7 1 I...

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Good Thing God Doesn’t Take Vacations!

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Signboard | 0 comments

Good Thing God Doesn’t Take Vacations!

In May of 2015 the signboard said: GOOD THING GOD DOESN’T TAKE VACATIONS! We’re at the time of the season when school is about to close, the weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer… and people are thinking about getting away.  When you’re on vacation, you’re away from the normal routine.  You can put some distance between yourself and the concerns of life.  You can even put some space between yourself and those who love and depend on you.  When...

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Hooks ‘n Needles Serves up Hugs ‘n Prayers During Sunday Worship (5/10/15)

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in EventReport, Knitting Ministries, Mission: AroundChurch | 0 comments

Hooks ‘n Needles Serves up Hugs ‘n Prayers During Sunday Worship (5/10/15)

On Sunday May 10, the Hooks and Needles for God group filled the altar rail with a colorful and soft array of blankets.  Hooks and Needles makes these blankets to be given to people in times of special need; illness, births, or just when someone needs to know that the church is surrounding them in prayer. During the service, members gathered around the altar rail to pray over these blankets.  The people receiving these blankets is not yet known (by us anyway…), but the prayers were made...

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Bishop Calls for Prayer for Nepal and Baltimore (4/29/15)

Posted by on Apr 30, 2015 in EventReminder, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

Bishop Calls for Prayer for Nepal and Baltimore (4/29/15)

In response to the earthquake in Nepal and recent events in Baltimore, Bishop Schol (bishop of our Greater NJ Annual Conference), sent the following message reminding us of the need for prayer and calling us to a weekend of prayer for these two specific needs.  The message was sent on April 29, 2015… Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, I and United Methodists around the world grieve deeply about the impact of the earthquake in Nepal and the unrest in Baltimore. I call all of our...

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Men Retreat, and then Grow in Prayer (3/13-15 2015)

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in EventReport, Friends & Fellowship, men, UMM | 0 comments

Men Retreat, and then Grow in Prayer (3/13-15 2015)

Our United Methodist Men’s Fellowship held our annual retreat during the weekend of March 13-15.  For the past 14 years we have consistently held an annual retreat, and like the previous 13 retreats, we held this year’s retreat at the Black Rock Retreat Center in Quarryille PA (Lancaster County).  About 20 of us traveled to Black Rock and spent the weekend in a time of serious reflection, prayer, worship, and- well- fun. Our speaker was Chris Johnson.  Chris spoke to us during our...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Lent is Calling

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Lent is Calling

The following devotional was sent by Pastor Jim on 2/26/15… Greetings Friends: PLEASE READ: Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God” (NKJV). PLEASE READ: Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint” (NKJV).   Can we agree that regular Bible reading, regular times of prayer, being faithful in worship, to name a few...

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2015 Lenten Devotional Books are Ready!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in EventAnnouncement, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

2015 Lenten Devotional Books are Ready!

During the past few months, members of PUMC have written and collected a series of devotional readings to help us prepare for Easter during the season of Lent.  The devotionals have been assembled into a booklet, and the booklets are now available. The Lenten Devotionals are now available in the Narthex.  The book contains daily readings starting on Ash Wednesday (February 18) and continuing through Easter Sunday (April 5).  Articles are written by members of PUMC as well as by members of Zion...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: What Makes One Weak?

Posted by on Jan 16, 2015 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: What Makes One Weak?

 The following thoughts were submitted by Pastor Jim on 1/15/15… Greetings Friends: PLEASE READ: Luke 18:1 “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up” (NIV). PLEASE READ: Ephesians 6:18 “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints” (NIV). PLEASE READ: Acts 1:14 “They all joined together...

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Tuesday Night Group Studying the Lord’s Prayer (11/18/14)

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Bible Study, EventReport, Tuesday Series | 0 comments

Tuesday Night Group Studying the Lord’s Prayer (11/18/14)

Tuesday Bible Study with Pastor Jim… Since the middle of October, Pastor Jim has been leading an in depth study of the Lord’s Prayer during the studies on Tuesdays.  The classes are held in the morning at 9:30 and then again in the evening after dinner (starting at 7:00 PM).  Both groups meet  in the Potter’s Hand room (on the sanctuary balcony level). We’ve been taking it phrase by phrase… Our Father- Abba, Daddy.  Prayer is real- not a vain repetition Heaven-...

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Pastor’s Ponderings: Help is Only a Prayer Away

Posted by on Oct 18, 2014 in Pastors Ponderings | 0 comments

Pastor’s Ponderings: Help is Only a Prayer Away

The following devotional was submitted by Pastor Jim…   Greetings Friends: PLEASE READ: Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray….,”   Some of you may have seen the Walt Disney movie “Snow Dogs.” It tells the story of a dentist whose name is Ted Brooks, who inherits a cabin and a dogsled team in Alaska. His efforts to master dog sledding are recorded in the film as...

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Pay Phones are Gone, but Prayer Still Works!

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in God Moments | 0 comments

Pay Phones are Gone, but Prayer Still Works!

With the universal use of cell phones, the pay phones which once dotted our downtown have all but vanished.  Outside of the Jake’s on Broadway restaurant in Pitman, a former pay phone has taken on a new and creative purpose… Communication… The ways we communicate with each other have changed dramatically over the years.  And, they will continue to change as technology advances. But the ways in which we communicate with God are time tested and dependable.  We can communicate...

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World Day of Prayer (3/7/14)

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in EventReport, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

World Day of Prayer (3/7/14)

Our church hosted the annual World Day of Prayer observance on Friday March 7.  This is an ecumenical event that is supported by many of the churches in Pitman; about 50 people attended this afternoon  service.   The program theme was entitled “Streams in the Desert,” and it revolved around the encounter of Jesus and the Samaritan women at the well (as related in John 4:1-42).  The World Day of Prayer website gives more information about this year’s theme (Click Here)....

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Signboard: Prayer is a Real Tweet (3/1/14)

Posted by on Mar 1, 2014 in Godprints, Signboard | 0 comments

Signboard: Prayer is a Real Tweet (3/1/14)

Twitter…   People tweet all kinds of short messages.  Some of it is really important stuff like, “I stepped outside and saw a leaf blow across my front lawn.”  If you follow this person, you’ll get the privilege of reading insights  like these all of the time. But what if somebody really, really important followed you?  What if that important person actually read and cared about all of your tweets? Well, guess what?  The Bible says that God “follows...

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World Day of Prayer (3/7/14)

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in EventAnnouncement, Worship & Prayer | 0 comments

World Day of Prayer (3/7/14)

Community World Day of Prayer… Our church will host the annual World Day of Prayer program on Friday March 7 at 1:00PM.  This ecumenical event is sponsored by several Pitman churches and is open to any one in the community. Please join us as the women of Egypt engage us in conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well.   John 4:1-42    ...

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