Women’s Update – 10/16/14

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This was shared at the Women’s Prayer Breakfast this past Saturday by Mary Jane…

Praying for Pastors and their Families

by Mary Jane Kittredge

Thank you, church family, for your prayers and every act of kindness and care you show to us, and there are many.  The acronym, ACTS, has always been a helpful aide to my prayers and in teaching children to pray so I have utilized it here as well to give form and understanding to what I shared.  May our God hear your prayers and bless them to fulfill His good purposes in our lives.

How can we pray for our pastors and their families?

  1. Learn to adore our God.
    • Ask yourself. “What do I like about my God? And then voice it to Him. Center on Him first so that your thoughts about us grow out of your thoughts about Him.
    • Write down or remember what you learn about God from sermons, the music, small group meetings and personal counseling sessions or conversations with your pastors. Speak those things as praise in your prayers.
  2. Confess your sins and accept God’s love and forgiveness daily.
    • Lay any angst you have against the pastors or their families before the Lord and reaffirm in your heart and mind that they, too, are made in God’s image and are under is grace.
    • “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” – James 5:16 You must claim Christ’s righteousness as you pray.
    • If you find yourself complaining about your pastors to others instead of praying for them you should go to them and speak directly with them and pray with them.
  3. Thanksgiving
    • Express thankfulness for your pastors but also for their family members who enable them to minister at a moment’s notice and sacrifice time with them so they can minister to you and others.
    • Thank God for the training in His Word that they received and for those who faithfully trained them in the truth.
    • Keep a journal of thankfulness (One Thousand Gifts) and use it to pray your thankfulness for your pastors and their families.
  4. Supplication
    • Pray for all the same things you pray for yourselves.
    • An insufficient list
      • Pray they find their identity in belonging to Jesus and not in being a pastor, a pastor’s wife, and especially a pastor’s kid.
      • Pray they will invest their God-given talents and resources wisely and that those investments will yield what they yearn for; the fruit of redeemed souls and the character growth in those they minister to along with themselves.
      • Pray for those they serve not to make their care grievous for their pastors. It drains them of the energy they need to minister to you and others.  “Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.”  Heb 13:17
      • Pray that their circumstances, whether considered to be good or bad, that they will cause them to grow in faith and trust in our God, not losing heart, so that they will confidently lead us into challenges as a church that will grow our faith and trust in God.
      • Pray that their knowledge of His love for them will deepen and cast out all of their fears.
      • Pray that they will daily face their sins in response to the Spirit’s conviction and preach the Gospel to themselves.
      • Pray that they will be men who dream and have vision bringing revival with them.
      • Pray about the specifics of their lives through the lens of Scripture.
      • Pray for the salvation of their children if they are not believers and for the sanctification of those who have made a profession of faith.
      • Pray for their reputation in the community, especially with their neighbors and those who are in authority.
      • Pray for their interactions with extended family, especially with those who do not believe and may be too far away to allow for meaningful discourse over their faith.
      • Pray they will in no way try to do the work of the ministry in their own strength and that they will find accountability with those who care for their soul
      • Pray for them at every opportunity knowing that their lives represent Christ to the unbelieving world in a way that magnifies the sin they fall into.

I could just keep going and I am concerned that the things I did not cover may need the most prayer because I am blinded by my sin to see them.  So pray for the places we are spiritually blind, that our eyes may be open.  We need to trust the Holy Spirit to prompt you to pray and to direct your prayers for us.  Just know that there is nothing you can say to encourage us more than that the Spirit has directed you to pray for us in specific ways.  He is the only source of such prompting and because He is working His plan through your prayers we can never be thankful enough for your intercession.

About Mary Jane: Mary Jane will be married 45 years to Pastor Doug in December.  She and Pastor Doug moved to Fredericksburg almost 40 years ago from New England to answer the call to start New Life in Christ Church. They have 4 children and 11 grandchildren. She has been a teacher with Christ Covenant School for 10 years. Mary Jane is committed to a covenantal view of generational discipleship.

Current Announcements:

Pastor Appreciation Month is October – Sign up to bless a pastor
We thought it would be nice to have each family bless a pastor (or more than one) during the month. In order to distribute the blessing, we’d like to have you commit to a day to do something special for the pastor and/or his family. You don’t need to share with everyone what you plan to do, just commit to a day and together we’ll bless them each all month long!
Some ideas are: letters, meals, coupons for babysitting, gift cards, an invitation to your home for dinner, gift basket, off-season getaway at your rental property… Brainstorm and have fun! Make it a family affair or get together with a friend and be creative!   Sign up here.

Baby Shower Celebrating the arrival of of Mairéad Eleanor Ewing this Saturday, October 18th from 2-4pm in the Fireside Room
This will be an opportunity to meet this precious little one, pray for the family, and share a verse or word of encouragement. Gifts are not expected, but welcome. The family has been blessed and is well set with clothes and other baby items from big sister.

Women’s Retreat October 24-26 – October 19th meeting for all attendees after this Sunday morning service in the Fireside Room
Sign up for activities and carpooling on the Women’s Ministry bulletin board in the hallway to the Fireside Room. Any last minute questions? Contact Connie Both by this Sunday, October 19th.

Bulletin Folding
Fall is a great time to fold bulletins – older children are in school, schedules are more regular, and you can plan a lunch date and follow it up with service to the church! Do you have a couple hours on a Friday afternoon you can spare? Sign up HERE to fold bulletins after 1 pm some Friday. Takes about 2 hours (faster if you bring a friend!) Questions? Ask Pam in the office.

Do you have information or needs that you’d like passed to the women of the church, activities or studies you’d like to see? Let us know at wm@nlicc.org.

in His grace,
the Women’s Ministry Committee

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