Dear Friends in Christ-

posted Jan 3, 2017, 6:54 AM by Shannon Vietmeier
Happy New Year! in 1 Timothy 2, Paul encourages the young pastor Timothy to center his entire ministry on prayer: "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be made for all people." I think this works for ministry, to be sure. But what more benefit is prayer than resolving to do this or that in the coming year? What if we centered ourselves in God's gift of prayer this week and every day of our life. 

Martin Luther taught us that prayer is a gift for these three reasons: 
1. God has commanded us to pray in the second commandment (law), and to use his name properly: in prayer, praise, and thanksgiving. 
2. God has promised to hear us when we pray (gospel); see Psalm 50:15 and Matthew 7:7-8. 
3. Lastly, He has given us the words to pray, namely in the Lord's Prayer. 
Therefore, we both fulfill the commandments of God and live deeply in his grace, when we call on Him in thanksgiving and in every moment of need.

I hope you will join us for the Three Days of Prayer, sponsored by LCMC. Each day has a different theme that leads to the next and will guide us faithfully to embrace living in another year of God's grace! 

Pastor Culynn

To prepare for worship on Sunday  
(January 8), you are invited to read:
Daniel 6:1-28

Matthew 3:13-17