Years ago, former colleague and Trinity member, Rick Langer, made a statement I will never forget. He said that the church is designed by God to be a place where people are both needy and needed. I have repeated that statement often when counseling people, to emphasize the fact that there is no shame in being needy, and that they are also needed and necessary for the health and growth of the body of Christ, the people of God. We both need each other.
There are many biblical purposes that call the people of God to gather together. While we rightly center on telling the gospel story, declaring and delighting in the unsearchable riches of Christ in song, sermon and testimony, there is yet another reason perhaps equally important in the eternal purposes of our God for us. “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24–25 ESV). We are told to make a habit of meeting together because we need to give and receive encouragement. One of the ways we do this is through prayer. Did you know that we have the opportunity to do this every Sunday during our worship services?
We have a small group of people gathered in our Fireside Room as we worship each Sunday, soldiers engaging in the spiritual battle on our behalf. They are living out the command, “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” (Ephesians 6:18 ESV). Note that this call to persevere in ‘making supplication for all the saints’ is the last point in our strategy for standing firm together in our daily spiritual battle against the enemy. While we can pray for ‘all the saints’ from a distance, how much better in person, together. Trinity member, Paula Lawrence shares how meaningful it has been to receive prayer. “What a wonderful gift the prayer room ministry has been for Michael and me! We have been lovingly listened to and prayed for as we have struggled through our emotional journey [regarding Michael’s cancer]. It’s been a huge blessing to have them pray with us, as they help give strength and support for whatever is on our hearts, no matter how big or small.”
This Sunday our prayer team* will be scattered around the worship center during the worship service following the message. They will be wearing “Prayer Team” lanyards. I encourage you to consider worshiping the Lord by getting up and receiving prayer in your time of need. Or you may just want to praise the Lord together with them for something marvelous that God is doing in your life. Perhaps they need that encouragement from you, as well.
The leaders of the prayer team long to see this culture of love and mutual encouragement grow at Trinity Church to the glory of God. We invite you to express the worship of the needy and needed, drawing near to God by offering and receiving encouragement through prayer.
Bill Born, on behalf of Sharon Strum, Jennifer Bohnert and Steve Springsted
*Please contact Steve Springsted if you would like to join the prayer team.