Sermon Series Begins on Intercessory Prayer
This Sunday the 17th I’m beginning a 6-week series of sermons on intercessory prayer. To my chagrin, I realized earlier this summer that during my years at Berkey I’ve never done much with intercessory prayer. I’ve talked often about other types of prayer, but not intercession.
Intercession happens when we pray for someone or something else. (When we pray for ourselves, it’s called petition, or petitionary prayer.) Obviously, intercession is different than thanksgiving, lament, praise and adoration. Each of these voices of prayer has a crucial role in worship and in the life of faith.
Numerous texts in the Bible either are themselves intercessory prayers or tell stories about people who engage in intercession. For this series I’ve selected 6 texts that take different approaches to intercession.
- July 17: Genesis 18:16-33
- July 24: Numbers 14:1-4, 11-23
- July 31: Daniel 10:2-6, 11-14, 18-21
- August 7: Ephesians 6:10-18
- August 14: Luke 8:1-8 (this one is technically petition)
- August 21: Romans 8:18-27
So far I’ve written about half the sermons in this series, and have found that the biblical texts I’m working with are challenging me to rethink a few things about prayer. Maybe they’ll challenge you as well.
Fall College Assistance
This fall our congregation will have 9 young people attending Mennonite colleges and seminaries. Each student is eligible for assistance of $500 for the fall semester from our college matching fund. Giving to this fund is financially prudent because the colleges match all contributions dollar for dollar—plus you get a tax deduction on your contribution. Very few investments double your money like this does. Please mark your contribution for the college fund and place it in the offering. Thank you.
Summer Nurture Hour Schedule
July 17 - August 14: Inter-generational classes for everyone.
Aug. 21: All-Church Fellowship Meal and Congregational Meeting (No Nurture Hour classes).
Aug. 28 - Celebration Sunday/Refreshments (No Nurture Hour classes).
Pastor on Vacation
Marilyn Rudy-Froese is on vacation from July 13 through August 1. She will be back in the office on Tuesday, August 2.
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Bethany Christian Schools is a dynamic learning community that integrates faith development with academic excellence. Grounded in Mennonite values, Bethany equips students for Christian discipleship in the church and around the world. Read about their programs and activities online
Parables, a worship ensemble from Goshen College, combines music, original drama and personal stories to create an engaging worship experience designed to inspire, comfort and challenge. View their April 6 home concert online
Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary
Matt Yeater can relate to Bible stories in which God moves in seemingly impossible ways. His own story is one of them. Blinded in a meth lab explosion when he was 20 and imprisoned on multiple occasions, Matt doesn’t fit the stereotype of a seminary student. However, he not only graduated May 21 with a Master of Divinity from AMBS, but also was named a recipient of the 2016 Dr. Jacob Bolotin Award from the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) for his work in making biblical languages accessible to blind people. You are invited to read his story online
Mennonite Church USA
Blog series: Returning Veterans, Returning Hope.
Check out this blog series featuring people, congregations and organizations in Mennonite Church USA who are working with veterans who have experienced the trauma of war. Ken Landis shares about SHELTER44, a ministry of Watertown Mennonite Church and New York Mennonite Conference with a goal of connecting people from nearby Fort Drum with the Mennonite community. Nancy Shebeneck of Emmanuel Mennonite Church in Gainesville, Florida, writes about what returning veterans need from the church. A six-week Sunday school curriculum from the Peace and Justice Support Network, a partnership of Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church USA, explores how the church can play a part in veterans’ healing journeys. See the blog online.
Mennonite Central Committee
MCC, in partnership with Afar Pastoralist Development Association (APDA), is helping households in Namma Gubi and Daboore, Ethiopia rebuild their goat herds. View their YouTube video
Car Wash & Lunch To-Go
The Center for Community Justice (CJT) is having a car wash and lunch fundraiser this Saturday, July 16, 10:00-3:00 p.m. at their Elkhart location, 121 S. 3rd St. All proceeds will be given to CCJ to support efforts to decrease recidivism, increase positive influence in the community and bring awareness to the issues that currently effect our society.
Have something to sell, rent or lend? Want to buy or borrow something? Looking for a job or wanting to volunteer? This is the place to have it be known!
Anabaptist Disabilities Network, a small non-profit, church-related organization based in Elkhart, Indiana, seeks a Program Director. Applicant must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, be able to manage multiple projects at once, and have experience with print and web media writing and editing. This is a part-time position, one-quarter- to one-third-time FTE, working alongside the executive director. Anabaptist Disabilities Network is dedicated to transforming faith communities and individuals with disabilities by full inclusion in the Body of Christ. For more information and job description, see their website
. Send resume by email
An Executive Director is wanted for the Center for Healing & Hope, a faith-based urgent care clinic. Responsibilities include providing overall executive and strategic direction; managing operations, funding and in-kind contributions, and promoting the organization; coordinating the development of the clinic centers; hiring and supervising staff; and overseeing the volunteer program. The position is accountable to the Board of Directors, is a .75 full-time equivalent, and will begin in September of 2016. If interested, send a resume and references to Tim Stair
, Board Chair.
Bethany Christian Schools invites applications for the position of evening custodian beginning August 2016. The successful applicant will have the aptitude to work independently, perform minor repairs on equipment, and supervise student cleaning crews during the summer. The position is approximately three-quarters time and eligible for partial benefits. Applications are being accepted until the position has been filled. For information about the position and an application form, visit their website
or contact Head of School Tim Lehman