“Our Father who is in heaven.” When we pray, we must remember that we are coming to our Father who loves and cares for us His children in a perfect way. Therefore, may we come to Him with all confidence. But, we must also remember that our Father is in heaven and we are on earth. We must therefore, come to Him with all reverence and trust, and with purity and holiness.
I. KINGDOM CONCERNS
1. Let us give thanks to God for the appointment of Bro. Eval as missionary to Dolores, Eastern Samar, by his home church of Baybay, Leyte. The church was unanimous in its decision to send and support him to be their pioneer church planter. Another item of thanksgiving is that according to our brother, there are still zero cases of covid19 in Dolores.
2. Let us pray for the church in Digos City, Davao del Sur, especially in light of the worst flooding that has taken place in seven years which happened last Sunday in the low-lying parts of the city. Pas. Jepson will give a live report.
II. PERSONAL CONCERNS
1. Let us give thanks to God for His continued protection and care for each one of us during this pandemic. Let us unceasingly pray for our front-liners (see list) that they would be kept from sickness and they would not grow weary in doing their duty of taking care of the sick.
2. Let us pray for our sick brethren: Pas. Alex, Lola Nely, Annie, Acel, Brenda, Johnny, Louie, Delia, Mel, Tina, Edna.
3. Let us pray for the salvation of loved ones, a few of them on the sick list, such as: Mr. Pong, Conrad, Jun, Ludel, Randy, Baby Boy Az-Zain Lola Soledad, and others.
4. Let us remember Jess and Mel Salazar as they mourn the unexpected passing of their only daughter, Ninnia, to acute respiratory failure last week and who was immediately cremated last Saturday. May the family, including brothers John and Mark, receive the comfort and strength of the Holy Spirit at this time. May the friends of Ninnia, take to heart God’s word which they heard during the funeral service last Saturday.
5. Let us give thanks to God for our members who celebrated their birthdays recently:
- Johnny-Una sa lahat ay patuloy akong maturuan ng nauukol sa pananampalataya; at magkaroon na din ng pagkakataon na si Viljohn ay makauwi; masaya din ako sa liwanag ng salita ng Dios na nagbibigay aliw sa akin kahit mag-isa lang sa bahay.
- Ana–Thanksgiving sa preservation at provision at patuloy na awa at biyaya ng Panginoon sa amin; nawa’y patuloy Niya kaming bigyan ng mabuting kalusugan lalo na sa panahong ito; kaligtasan din ng mga mahal sa buhay lalo na si Yel at Bel; tulungan din sana ako na lalo pa Siyang mahalin at mamuhay ng kalugod-lugod sa Kaniyang paningin.
- Sharon-Thanksgiving for God’s grace and provisions; growth in grace and more love to Christ; salvation of loved ones especially Job and Jed.
6. Let us continue to pray for our members who have returned to work that they would be kept from infection in light of increased cases of covid19 in the workplace. Let us also pray that the Lord would provide employment for those who are presently out of work.
7. Let us continue to pray that infections would decline epecially in identified hot spots and that the government, which has its hands full, would still be able to address and manage the situation well. Let us pray for our displaced OFWs and LSIs who have been greatly affected by travel restrictions that soon they would be able to return to their homes.
III. CHURCH CONCERNS
1. Let us give thanks to God for what we heard last Sunday. In our Sunday School we were taught that the indispensable basis of Christian fellowship is union with Christ and one practical outworking of this is the sharing of our property to others in need. In our First Service, we saw in our study of the Lord’s prayer, that the words “who is in heaven” remind us to come to our Father with reverence, boldness, holiness, and trust. In our Second Service, we were reminded that part of Christian equipping is to avoid relapsing into our former way of life especially in the area of the mind. May we all experience that constant renewing of mind to embrace the things that are heavenly and discard the things that are worldly.
2. Let us pray for our preachers this Sunday.
- Pas Clyde will take the Sunday School;
- Pas Rolly will take the First Service;
- Pas Mike will take the Second Service.
Pray for help in preparations and power in preaching. Pray for minimal distractions to those who worship at home.
3. Pas Clyde will give a half-year state of the church address after the second service (12:05-12:30nn). May the report stimulate praise as well as encourage prayer for God’s continued blessing upon His work at MCBC.
4. Let us pray for the Children’s Sunday School and Youth Bible Study. This week, sisters Ruth, Elot and May will take Levels 1,2 and 3 respectively and brother Simon will continue to be the Youth Bible Study leader.
5. Let us give thanks for more donations that have come from China to help those who have been affected by the pandemic. May we steward these funds wisely.