First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone." "...and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well."
(1 Timothy 2:1 & 2 Timothy 2:2.)
Jesus says, "Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened." (Matthew 7:7-8)
The Advent prayer chain is the spiritual alarm system which communicates and takes prayerful action on the needs of the congregation, community and global needs. This network of people who are committed to prayer take action on behalf of the congregation on Jesus’ words to "ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened," (Matthew 7:7). The importance of the prayer chain is that it faithfully intercedes on behalf of others in need by lifting up specific requests, concerns and emergency situations.
The Prayer Chain is communicated and sent out via e-mail under the caring direction of Jane Wolff.
To join Advent's E-Mail Prayer Chain, send an email to Jane Wolff at: firstname.lastname@example.org stating that you would like to join the Advent Prayer Chain, and provide your full name and your e-mail address.
To send a Prayer Request, send an email to Jane Wolff at: email@example.com stating the name of the person and the reason for the prayers. Be sure to receive permission from the person you are praying for before adding them to the list. Prayer requests can include intercession for those who are experiencing trouble as well as prayers of praise and thanksgiving. It is our great privilege and honor to be in prayer for each other. As such, we encourage you to use the prayer chain frequently. It is helpful to explain in the request what the relationship is between the person in need of prayer and the church (e.g. member, co-worker of a member, relative, church friend, etc.). This will help us better understand who is in our circle of prayer. We pray that God will use our prayers to comfort those in need and to strengthen the faith of us all.
Keep in mind that prayer requests are to be kept confidential.
"Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips," (Psalm 141:3).
We are doing the the prayer list a new way. Instead of having it in the bulletin, it will be a separate sheet available to those who make use of it on Sunday mornings. The list will be started over every month. In addition to being available in the Narthex each week, we hope to send this list to all members on the e-mail prayer chain.
Link to ELCA Prayer Resources Web Page: http://archive.elca.org/prayer/resources.html