Message from the Pastor's Desk...
It is my hope that you all have had a fun and safe summer. The time to return back to our fall activities is soon to be here. Our children will be returning to school, our Sunday School programs will once again have begun, and we will soon find ourselves preparing for the arrival of the winter months. I can’t help but think of how important that prayer is, as we prepare ourselves for the unknown resolutions of the many issues facing our society this year. Our Thursday afternoon Bible study will be resuming after our summer recess as this program continues to guide the way we pray and conduct ourselves as disciples of Jesus Christ in this world full of challenges. As I look into the future, I once again see on the horizon another Advent season soon upon us. With all this running through my mind, I can’t help but to think of several questions to share. What is the key to powerful prayer? And, what really makes a difference? What truly answers prayer?
We’ve all been in those services where never ending liturgies were filled with “Thees and “Thous.” We’ve all listened to prayers that go on forever it seems. But somehow, I do not think that, that was the idea that the Apostle Paul had when he encouraged us, in 1 Thessalonians 5: 17, “to pray without ceasing.” And yet, we have all, at one time or another, heard those kinds of prayers.
But then there are those prayers where every word seems perfectly fitting. Time stood still as they were prayed, and the air became filled with holy reverence, that lingered on, long after the last Amen. It was in those prayers, God, responded to our words of summonsing. Those same prayers, that, we continued to hear over and over again, in our spirits days later.
Martin Luther said, “To be a Christian without prayer, is no more possible, than to be alive without breathing.” As I pondered that statement, I realized that if we only breathed once a day for 15 minutes, or worse yet, once a week for an hour, life would indeed be very brief. In Luke 18:1, Jesus told his disciples a parable, “to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart.” This is the kind of prayer that causes our father to hear and act speedily (verse 8). It is when our heart, spirit, and thought all mold each other into one. This is the kind of prayer, no matter what position your body is in, your soul is on its knees. That my friends, is what the Apostle Paul meant, when he spoke of unceasing prayer. That is also the prayer style that God loves, because in order to pray in this manner, God must be on your mind continually. You have developed a hunger for Him. You are thirsty for Him. Every minute, of every day. No matter what the future holds for any of us, remember that God is bigger and more capable then anything that anyone is able to imagine. And allow ourselves the discipline of unceasing prayer, for “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6)
Please take time to check out this website. As the fall months set themselves in, we at North Pownal UMC invite all of you to join us in person every Sunday for worship and Sunday School at 10:00 AM. And if you are wondering what to do on Thursday afternoons, come on over and join us every Thursday at 3:30 PM.
It is my hope that the contents and information of this website has been a blessing at a time in your journey that it was most needed. If you would wish to donate to this 5013-C non-profit organization, you may mail your tax deductible checks to the address found on our home page. All donations received through this website is used to provide for the needs of our local community in the name of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Blessings to all
WHAT’S NEW AT NPUMC
Thanks to a grant received by the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church, we now have two flat screens TV's in the sanctuary affording us the use of technology to enhance our worship experience with power point slides and much more. We will soon be able to provide live presentations of our services through this equipment as well. While this part is being worked out, you are able to listen to the message each Sunday on the sermon page of this website.