Pilgrim Prayer Challenge – Week Four

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 18, 2017

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The Second Sunday after Pentecost
June 18, 2017

Psalm 23
Luke 16:19-31

 

“You are loved – act like it!”
(Prof. Marit Trelstad at the 2017
Southwest Washington Synod Assembly)

Steve Schumacher, Pastor

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

Pilgrim Prayer Challenge – Week Three

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

 

Pilgrim Prayer Challenge – Week Two

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

 

Sunday’s Message – June 4, 2017

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The Day of Pentecost
Confirmation
June 4, 2017

Psalm 100
Luke 15:1-7

“God does not send the equipped;
God equips the sent.”
-OR-
“Bloom where you are planted.”

Steve Schumacher, Pastor

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

5 minutes + 5 days + 5 weeks = deeper prayer life

As a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, would you like a closer walk with him? Would you like deeper faith and greater trust to deal with life’s twists and turns? Consistent and disciplined prayer is one of the practices of discipleship where these things happen.

You are invited to join Pilgrim friends and others around the community praying 5 days a week (M-F) for five minutes each day. We are calling this the Pilgrim Prayer Challenge. Join us in committing to pray together.


Prayer Challenge Resources


Welcome!

Thank you for signing up for the Pilgrim Prayer Challenge!

Each week, you will receive an email (and a Facebook post) from Pilgrim to encourage you during our 5-week prayer challenge. This will help inspire you toward prayer for the week ahead.

Remember, the prayer challenge is 5 Minutes a day, 5 Days a week (M-F), for 5 Weeks. The promise is you are creating the good habit of a deeper prayer life.

Thank you again for joining Pilgrim’s prayer challenge. May this be a blessed time for you and for our church community.

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Pilgrim Prayer Challenge – Week One

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 – May 28, 2017

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May 28, 2017
The 7th Sunday of Easter

  • Psalm 1
  • Matthew 21:28-32

Like a tree deeply rooted in the nurturing ground, beside a stream of life-sustaining water …

The righteous are those who drink –

  • Daily from God’s Word
  • Weekly from the sacraments in worship
  • Continually from the community of believers

 

Steve Schumacher, Pastor

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

Sunday’s Message – May 14, 2017

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May 14, 2017
The 5th Sunday of Easter
Mothers’ Day

PRAYER OF THE DAY
Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life with all the world, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

  • Acts 7:55-60
  • Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16
  • 1 Peter 2:2-10
  • John 14:1-14

 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer:

“You are a sinner … now come, as the sinner that you are, to God who loves you.  He wants you as you are; He does not want anything from you, a sacrifice, a work; He wants you alone … God has come to you to save the sinner.”

Steve Schumacher, Pastor

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

Sunday’s Message – May 7, 2017

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May 7, 2017
The 4th Sunday of Easter
“Good Shepherd Sunday”

PRAYER OF THE DAY
O God our Shepherd, you know your sheep by name and lead us to safety through the valleys of death. Guide us by your voice that we may walk in certainty and security to the joyous feast prepared in your house, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and LORD, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen. 

  • Psalm 23
  • Acts 2:42-47
  • 1 Peter 2:19-25
  • John 10:1-11

Psalm 23
Translated from Japanese

God is my Father, I shall have no need. He lets me rest under the blossoming cherry tree.
He takes me to the refreshing waterfall. He quiets my heart. 

He leads me along the path of well-doing for Christ’s sake.
Though I face death, I will not be frightened.
For I will place my hand in his and he will lead me where I cannot see.

He will give me rice and tea as I need it. My cup is filled by His love.
His love and peace will surround me until life’s sunset;
Then I shall dwell with Him forevermore.

 

Steve Schumacher, Pastor

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA