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

https://youtu.be/7mpwNXTVpbA

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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

 

 

 

5 minutes + 5 days + 5 weeks = deeper prayer life 2018

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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Sunday’s Message – May 27, 2018

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Trinity Sunday
May 27, 2018
Memorial Day Weekend

Narrative Lectionary (Year 4)

PRAYER OF THE DAY
Almighty Creator and ever-living God: we worship your glory, eternal Three-in-One, and we praise your power, majestic One-in-Three. Keep us steadfast in this faith, defend us in all adversity, and bring us at last into your presence, where you live in endless joy and love, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

10 Commandments Series (week 1):

  • Exodus 19:1-6; 20:1-2 – “’19’ comes before ’20′”
  • Matthew 22:34-40

You may view the original Stephen Fry video presentation here.

Pastor Steve Schumacher

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

 

 

 

Sunday’s Message – May 13, 2018

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The 7th Sunday of Easter
May 13, 2018
Happy Mothers’ Day

Narrative Lectionary (Year 4)

PRAYER OF THE DAY
God of love, with praise we celebrate Jesus, who humbled himself so that every knee should bend and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Amen.

  • Philippians 2:1-13 – The Christ Hymn
  • Luke 6:43-49

Pastor Steve Schumacher

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA

 

 

 

Sunday’s Message – May 6, 2018

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The 6th Sunday of Easter
May 6, 2018

Narrative Lectionary (Year 4)

PRAYER OF THE DAY
Holy Lord, may our love overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight to help us determine what is best, so that we may be pure and blameless in the sight of Jesus Christ. Amen.

  • Philippians 1:1-18 – Partnership in the Gospel
  • Luke 9:37-48

Pastor Steve Schumacher

Pilgrim Lutheran Church
Puyallup – South Hill, WA