NEW MINISTRY SEASON AT

SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS UMC

 Join us for a Prayer Vigil on Thursday, October 27 from

6 AM to 8 PM in the Shepherd’s Chapel.

The Fall season in the desert is usually a quiet time, no more high heat temperatures to bear or monsoon thunderstorms with high winds and rain. The dry cold of winter which touches our very bones has not arrived yet. It is a time to enjoy. 

At Shepherd, it is a season of preparation for new ministry:

  • A leadership retreat to seek God’s guidance for us and for our mission to be revealed for this time.
  • A homecoming week in November that signals the beginning of welcoming winter resident friends, whom we have missed for a while, both in church and in our neighborhoods. Worship service in the park, welcoming the community as the Chamber of Commerce hosts their festival in our parking lot, assembling health kits for Circle the City to pass on to their homeless clients seeking medical assistance this winter.
  • A historic rummage sale that draws church and neighbors together for a time of work and fun.
  • The planning of Thanksgiving meals delivery, specials holiday services, classes, games, events and more…

PRAYER is certainly on this list of preparations. The Prayer Vigil on Thursday, October 27, will allow us to have plentiful time to surround and cover ALL our plans and our lives with prayer.

We are starting at 6 AM and ending at 8 PM.

 You are invited to come and be part of this event that will spiritually equip you and all of us, to move confidently in the direction of God’s purpose.

¨ Begin this new season searching diligently for God and His will.

¨ Seek His presence and guidance.

¨ Put yourself in the place where you will receive His abundant share of grace, love and everything needed personally and as a church, for this time.

We hope you decide to sign up for at least a one hour time slot and come to pray in the beautiful chapel.

 However, if you are unable to sign-up for as long as one hour, we still encourage you to sign up for half an hour, as you are able. If circumstances prevent any person from coming to the chapel, prayers from home are welcomed.

Please let us know which time from 6 AM to 8 PM you want to be in prayer on this day.

Sign-up sheets are available at the Kiosk or call the office 623-584-2280 for more information.

 

PRAYER NOTES

 

As promised, this prayer is continued from last month and is from Adam Hamilton’s book, The Lord’s Prayer: The Meaning and Power of the Prayer Jesus Taught:

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Not my kingdom, but Thy kingdom come.

May your rule and reign come, in my life,

in the lives of your people until it expands and fills the earth.

I submit to your rule and honor you as my king.

Thy will be done, not mine.  Help me to sense your leading.

Help me to long more than anything to do your will.

May your will be done on earth, not just in my life, 

but in how we as humans live and love, 

just as it is in heaven.                 

Submitted by Bill & Linda White

 

IS GOD CALLING YOU?

Is God calling you to pray for other people? We are seeking individuals who would like to be trained as Prayer Intercessors for Saturday and Sunday services.   

                                 OR

Maybe you would like to be a part of the Prayer Partners group. The people in this group pray by themselves for the prayer requests which are turned in weekly. You will have instruction for this, as well. 

Please sign up at the kiosk on Sunday mornings or call the church office at (623) 584-2280. If you would like more information, you can speak with Bill or Linda W.
 

PRAYER ROOM MINISTERS are available Saturday and Sunday after worship if you would like one-on-one prayer.

                                 

Bill & Linda W., Prayer Coordinators
 
 
 
 
PRAYER PARTNERS
 
Each week our prayer ministers, Bill and Linda W. will be available in the Prayer Room to pray for any persons who would like personal prayer, for friends, relatives, loved ones, or for yourself. Bill and Linda will offer prayers for you and those you are concerned about right then and there.
 
If others are already being prayed for, please take a seat and they pray for you as soon as they are able.
 
These prayers are held in love and in strict confidence, unless you give permission for them to share. Bill and Linda have served in prayer ministry for many years, in several churches. They are compassionate, helpful and supportive. We are grateful to be able to offer this ministry to you.
 
If you would be interested in becoming a personal prayer partner in this ministry, please contact the church office for more information.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pastor on call for emergencies: 623-584-7642
 

Prayer Request Line:                   623-584-2922  

Prayer Request: prayers@shepherdofthehills.org
 

A Message from our Prayer Ministry

Sometimes people wonder why we pray and possibly ask what good it does, especially when we pray for others. Here are a few thoughts.

Why We Pray?

  • We connect with God in an intentional way
  • We acknowledge our human limitations
  • We acknowledge our dependence on God
  • We acknowledge that we are not the center      of the universe