Sunday’s Message – July 15, 2018

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July 15, 2018

Narrative Lectionary (Year 4)
Summer series – 1st John

PRAYER OF THE DAY
With every act of love; Jesus, help us carry you. Alive in us, your light shines through. Amen.
(Jason Gray – With Every Act of Love)

1st John Series (week 4):

  • 1 John 4:7-21
  • John 15:1-13

Shannon Fleischfresser,
Director-Youth + Family Ministries

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

 

 

 

Pilgrim Prayer Challenge – Week Five 2018

5 Weekly Encouragements for Praying Pilgrims!

5. Prayer: It matters.

“The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

Are you a believer in Jesus? If so – guess what? You fit the description of the person in the above verse. You are righteous. You are clothed in the righteousness of Christ, and are able to stand boldly before the Lord of All. Don’t doubt it! Your prayers are powerful; your prayers are effective; your prayers count; your prayers are heard.

Is there a person, or a cause that is tearing at your heart today? Do you know of someone in the throes of suffering and are desperate to help? Today – pray fervently, pray boldly, pray confidently and without despair – even if the words are as simple as “Lord, have mercy” or “Lord, I trust You.” It matters.

It’s week 5! Don’t give up – keep praying, and soon daily prayer will be as natural as breathing in and out.

**Helpful Hint: If you tell someone you will pray for them, don’t just say it – do it! Stop what you’re doing and pray.

 


Click HERE to be taken to the Prayer Challenge Resource page for these helpful tools:

  • a recommended prayer format – 5 steps in daily prayer
  • a collection of prayers from others to adopt as your own prayers if you wish
  • an archive of these weekly messages of encouragement

Sunday’s Message – July 1, 2018

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July 1, 2018

Narrative Lectionary (Year 4)
Summer series – 1st John

PRAYER OF THE DAY
God of mercy, you sent Jesus to seek and save the lost. Judge us with love, and purify our sins, so that we can walk in your light and reflect it to the world, always pointing to Jesus, your Son and our Savior. Amen.

1st John Series (week 2):

  • 1 John 1:1-5-2:2
  • John 1:29-34

Pastor Steve Schumacher

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

 

 

 

Pilgrim Prayer Challenge – Week Four 2018

5 Weekly Encouragements for Praying Pilgrims!

4. Prayer: Counting Blessings

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Remember the classic Christmas movie “White Christmas?” A well-known scene includes Bing Crosby’s character (Bob) singing to Rosemary Clooney’s character (Betty), as she’s having trouble sleeping. The lyrics read:

When I’m worried and I can’t sleep
I count my blessings instead of sheep
And I fall asleep counting my blessings
When my bankroll is getting small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep counting my blessings

This is a beautiful song, and a wonderful sentiment. But for today, try challenging yourself to thank God for things that cannot be counted or accounted for in the earthly realm we live in. Think beyond the temporal; focus on the spiritual. Thank God for His eternal promises. Thank Him for His unchanging character. Thank Him for His promise of eternal everlasting life. Thank Him for the gift of the Holy Spirit. These are the things that never change due to circumstances and are available for all who believe.

**Helpful Hint: Try writing down your prayers. Keep a prayer journal. It’s always encouraging to look back and see how God faithfully carries His people through each season of life.


Click HERE to be taken to the Prayer Challenge Resource page for these helpful tools:

  • a recommended prayer format – 5 steps in daily prayer
  • a collection of prayers from others to adopt as your own prayers if you wish
  • an archive of these weekly messages of encouragement

 

Sunday’s Message – June 24, 2018

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June 24, 2018

Narrative Lectionary (Year 4)
Summer series – 1st John

PRAYER OF THE DAY
We thank you for, O God, for sending your Son, Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, to dwell among us. Through this gift we have the joy of fellowship with you; grant us grace to extend that joy into all of our relationships. We ask these things in your holy name. Amen.

1st John Series (week 1):

  • 1 John 1:1-4 – God’s Tangible Word of Life
  • John 1:5-18

Pastor Steve Schumacher

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

 

 

 

Pilgrim Prayer Challenge – Week Three 2018

5 Weekly Encouragements for Praying Pilgrims!

3. Prayer: An Act of Worship

“The heavens declare the Glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.”
Psalm 19:1

Do you ever get stuck on where to start with prayer? Do you ever find yourself jumping right into a long list of appeals to God for this, that, and the other? Do you ever feel your mind wandering after a mere 20 seconds of prayer?

Start your prayers with praise. Acknowledge who God is – to you personally. Dwell on His character; His nature. Still get stuck finding the right words? Take a hint from the verse above and look up; look around. God’s glory is written on His creation – in the sky, in the mountains, in the faces of those sitting near you. He is good, He is mighty, He is powerful, He is merciful, He is love, He is healer, He is Savior, He is just, He is present, He is faithful and He is truth.

It’s week three of the prayer challenge! Don’t give up now! Start your prayers with praise today.

**Helpful Hint: Some find it helpful to follow an order of prayer with a simple acronym: ACTS. (A=Adoration; C=Confession; T=Thanksgiving; S=Supplication) Give it a try!

 


Click HERE to be taken to the Prayer Challenge Resource page for these helpful tools:

  • a recommended prayer format – 5 steps in daily prayer
  • a collection of prayers from others to adopt as your own prayers if you wish
  • an archive of these weekly messages of encouragement

 

Sunday’s Message – June 17, 2018

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Fathers’ Day
June 17, 2018

Narrative Lectionary (Year 4)
Summer series – 10 Commandments

PRAYER OF THE DAY
Holy God, through your Son you have called us to live faithfully and act courageously. Keep us steadfast in your covenant of grace, and teach us the wisdom that comes only through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

10 Commandments Series (week 4):

  • Exodus 20:17 –
    The desires of the heart
  • Luke 10:38-42

Pastor Steve Schumacher

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

 

 

 

Pilgrim Prayer Challenge – Week Two 2018

5 Weekly Encouragements for Praying Pilgrims!

2. Prayer: Release your burdens

“For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far as He has removed our transgressions from us.”  Psalm 103:11-12

Listen to that description in the verse above: “as far as the east is from the west.” Prayer
is an opportunity to confess and release our sin to the Only One willing and capable to
handle it; the Only One who can make our confessed sin vanish instantly in His forgiveness.
Sin is a heavy burden to carry. Sin includes anything that turns our eyes away from faith
in our Savior – our fears, our doubts, our insecurities, our guilt, our apathy and laziness,
the list goes on and on.

When we pray it is an opportunity to lay it all out there! Spend time in prayer confessing to the Lord everything that is troubling you. Spread it out before Him in detail, and then feel the sweet release of knowledge that He has already shouldered your sin on the cross, and is still willing to carry it.

**Helpful Hint: It may sound old-fashioned, and it may even feel silly, but try praying on your knees. This posture instantly helps us identify our weakness before God’s greatness.


Click HERE to be taken to the Prayer Challenge Resource page for these helpful tools:

  • a recommended prayer format – 5 steps in daily prayer
  • a collection of prayers from others to adopt as your own prayers if you wish
  • an archive of these weekly messages of encouragement

 

Pilgrim Prayer Challenge – Week One 2018

5 Weekly Encouragements for Praying Pilgrims!

1.     Prayer: A Spiritual Habit

“Come near to God and He will come near to you.” James 4:8

The words “habit” and “discipline can often make us cringe with discomfort.  Yet, don’t we all strive to create healthy habits and disciplines in our lives to benefit our physical health and our emotional well-being?  We eat and exercise to stay healthy; we do those daily crosswords to strengthen our minds; we correspond with our friends and family to keep our relationships on track; we are committed to that daily jolt of caffeine to keep us ready and sharp for the day.

In this short verse in James we find the secret to spiritual wellness – being near and intimately close with the Creator God.  “Come near.”  In the Old Testament, beyond all the rules that God’s people had to fulfill, God called His people to “cling” to Him.  (Deut. 13:4)  From the beginning to the end of the Bible, God’s reconciled relationship with His people is the overarching theme.

How, then, do we come near?  Start a conversation with God – Prayer!  As we challenge ourselves during the next 5 weeks to make prayer a personal spiritual habit, and choose to set aside time and brain space to come near and cling to God, let’s also remember and reside in this wonderful promise: He will come near to you.

**Helpful Hint: Location doesn’t matter!  You don’t need to create a special prayer room to have a meaningful prayer life.  Try adding prayer into a daily ritual that you’ve already established – during a commute, while exercising, or even while doing dishes!


Click HERE to be taken to the Prayer Challenge Resource page for these helpful tools:

  • a recommended prayer format – 5 steps in daily prayer
  • a collection of prayers from others to adopt as your own prayers if you wish
  • an archive of these weekly messages of encouragement

 

Sunday’s Message – June 10, 2018

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Graduation Sunday
June 10, 2018

Narrative Lectionary (Year 4)
Summer series – 10 Commandments

PRAYER OF THE DAY
O Lord God, you are the holy lawgiver, you are the salvation of your people. By your Spirit renew us in your covenant of love, and train us to care tenderly for all our neighbors, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

10 Commandments Series (week 3):

  • Exodus 20:12-16 – The 2nd Table
  • Luke 10:25-37

Pastor Steve Schumacher

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA