“LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL”
September 3, 2017
“Ancient of Days”
“Jesus What a Beautiful Name”
Prayers of Intercession
“I Have a Hope”
Worship God in Spirit and Truth
Grow in His Grace and Knowledge
Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.
President Donald J. Trump Proclaims
September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer –
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA – A PROCLAMATION
Hurricane Harvey first made landfall as a Category 4 storm near Rockport, Texas, on the evening of August 25, 2017. The storm has since devastated communities in both Texas and Louisiana, claiming many lives, inflicting countless injuries, destroying or damaging tens of thousands of homes, and causing billions of dollars in damage. The entire Nation grieves with Texas and Louisiana. We are deeply grateful for those performing acts of service, and we pray for healing and comfort for those in need. Americans have always come to the aid of their fellow countrymen — friend helping friend, neighbor helping neighbor, and stranger helping stranger — and we vow to do so in response to Hurricane Harvey. From the beginning of our Nation, Americans have joined together in prayer during times of great need, to ask for God’s blessings and guidance. This tradition dates to June 12, 1775, when the Continental Congress proclaimed a day of prayer following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, and April 30, 1789, when President George Washington, during the Nation’s first Presidential inauguration, asked Americans to pray for God’s protection and favor.
When we look across Texas and Louisiana, we see the American spirit of service embodied by countless men and women. Brave first responders have rescued those stranded in drowning cars and rising water. Families have given food and shelter to those in need. Houses of worship have organized efforts to clean up communities and repair damaged homes. Individuals of every background are striving for the same goal — to aid and comfort people facing devastating losses. As Americans, we know that no challenge is too great for us to overcome.
As response and recovery efforts continue, and as Americans provide much needed relief to the people of Texas and Louisiana, we are reminded of Scripture’s promise that “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Melania and I are grateful to everyone devoting time, effort, and resources to the ongoing response, recovery, and rebuilding efforts. We invite all Americans to join us as we continue to pray for those who have lost family members or friends, and for those who are suffering in this time of crisis.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 3, 2017, as a National Day of Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Harvey and for our National Response and Recovery Efforts. We give thanks for the generosity and goodness of all those who have responded to the needs of their fellow Americans. I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers today for all those harmed by Hurricane Harvey, including people who have lost family members or been injured, those who have lost homes or other property, and our first responders, law enforcement officers, military personnel, and medical professionals leading the response and recovery efforts. Each of us, in our own way, may call upon our God for strength and comfort during this difficult time. I call on all Americans and houses of worship throughout the Nation to join in one voice of prayer, as we seek to uplift one another and assist those suffering from the consequences of this terrible storm.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second. DONALD J. TRUMP
Your Name on God’s Hand
by Max Lucado From “When God Whispers Your Name”
When I see a flock of sheep I see exactly that, a flock. A rabble of wool. I don’t see a sheep. I see sheep. All alike. None different. But not so with the Shepherd. To him every sheep is different. Every face has a story. John 10:3 says, “The sheep listen to the voice of the shepherd. He calls his own sheep by name.”
When we see a crowd, we see exactly that, a crowd. We see people, not persons. A herd of humans. But not so with the Shepherd. To him every face is different. Every face is a story. The Shepherd knows you. He knows your name. And he will never forget it.
God said in Isaiah 49:16, “I have written your name on my hand.” Quite a thought isn’t it? Your name on God’s lips. My… could it be?
I cling to Jesus with every fiber of my being because He is unfailing, He is absolute, He is steadfast and His grace is deeper and wider than my imagination can even fathom. In Him and Him alone is where I’ve discovered a hope more bright and beautiful than words can possibly describe.
Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” ~ John 6:27-29
† Pastor’s Corner †
Pastor David Perry & Jonnie
Tomorrow is Labor Day…the traditional “end” of summer for many, and the countdown to colder weather, the first frost and snowfall. Many seem to think it will be an early fall. Now the question of many people’s minds is: “Are we going to have another cold and snowy winter?” While I have no clue what the weather is going to do, I can assure you that Jesus and His church – including our local congregations – are going to keep moving forward – by the Spirit – into the future. We are going to KEEP JOINING JESUS in His mission and ministry of LIFE & LOVE to all people. I hope you are praying that for your life.
Acts 12:5 tells what the church did while Peter was in jail. Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.
This verse encourages us to be constant in prayer, especially regarding important issues. But I’d like you to notice that prayer is said to be “an Offering to God.” When is the last time – or have you ever – considered your prayers as “Offerings to God?” While Scripture tells us to “Offer up the sacrifices of praise”, we are also encouraged to remember that our times of talking with our Lord are also our time of “Offering up the sacrifices of Prayer!”
I find many of my prayers are asking God to take care of physical needs and issues – in my life and in the lives of others. Quite possibly your prayers are similar in content. Our prayers should really include “Fighting Spiritual Battles” on behalf of our lives, our families, our church & members, as well as those we are praying for that are not yet believers. You see the most important thing we can pray for others is for their Spiritual protection from the enemy; their Spiritual enlightenment and growth; and their being strengthened Spiritually to deal with all that this life throws at them. In other words prayers for “Spiritual Healing”.
Do we really believe that our prayers – our times of talking with our Lord – can fight Spiritual battles for others – and help bring Victory?
When is the last time – or have you ever – considered your prayers as “Offerings to God?” Something to think this week when you talk to your God.
You are loved ~ Pastor David
Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump
Prayers for God’s Church World Wide
Local Prayer Requests
JW Holmes-(friend of Vicki Auxier) has leukemia Dr’s say two years to live.
Mary Coffey, Jerry Hudson, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement
Anita – (niece of Barb Hudson) – very serious illness needs treatment & healing
Don and Sue Lawson – Please pray for retired GCI pastor and district superintendent Don Lawson and his wife Sue. Sue, who is in a nursing home, continues to battle Alzheimer’s disease and Don continues his battle with a blood disorder. On August 19, Don suffered a minor stroke and is recovering from that.
Sue Durbin– (GCI Laf) Recovery from a fall
Max Whitlock – (GCI Laf) Nosebleeds
Connie Whitlock (GCI Laf) Knee pain
Gloria Beck (Jeff Beck’s sister) Recovery from surgery
Peggy Perry – (Pastor David’s Sister) She is feeling better. Has Dr. Apptmt on Sept 8 to determine what course of follow-up treatment might be needed
Jim & Donna Dunbar – (GCI Laf) Jim: Healing of broken wrist on left hand – Donna: recovery from a fall and sinus infection
Larry Parks (high school classmate of Pastor David) Praise! He is recovering from a long brain surgery and will be in rehab. Prayers for complete recovery
Dave Sennett (high school classmate of Pastor David) Praise – He is doing better
Janis Beck –(GCI Laf) For healing and therapy to regain full use of hand
Stephanie Snyder (wife of GCI pastor Jeff Snyder) Praise Is doing a little better
GC Indy – For Pastor Josh & Heather as they lead GC Indy – for insight & opportunities to share the life and love of Jesus in the Irvington area
Richard Cravens (friend of Jim & Donna Dunbar) Cancer
For Our Country and Government
Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.
Joe & Tammy Tkach – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement
Our Persecuted Christian Brothers and Sisters Around The World
For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love