Matthew 6:26, 30 “26Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!”
I. KINGDOM CONCERN
Covenant Grace Church (Syracuse, UT)
They are a recently covenanted church (Aug 31) with 11 covenanting members and two ordained pastors: Pastor Darren Colwell and Pastor Ben Hyink.
- Financial blessing. By God’s grace and moving in the hearts of people and churches, we have been given enough to sustain the basic needs of the church (rent, outreach, Sunday morning logistics) for the next year or even two! This has removed a great burden from Ben and me, and we are so grateful for the churches and individuals that have joined us in this work.
- The faithfulness of our members. Set up and tear down each week takes 1-2 hours, and all the members come early and stay late. But instead of grumbling, there has been a great joy in the work. Pray that God would sustain this joy even as the weeks and months begin to take their toll.
- Health. Recently our church has been hit with Covid and other illnesses which has reduced our gatherings significantly. Pray most of all for healing and that God would sustain us during the holiday and illness season.
- Endurance for Pas. Ben and Darren. I can’t speak for Ben but I think I’ve grown a few more gray hairs and I am learning contentedness with my limitations. May God keep us faithful in prayer and the ministry of the Word.
- Syracuse. The city is filled with many who believe they are good, and many who are breaking under the strain of the false gospel of Mormonism but must maintain an outward appearance of perfection. Pray that God would open their eyes to their great need for Him and that we would be faithful in our daily lives to be on a mission for Christ and for their salvation.
***From Pastor Darren of CGC
II. PERSONAL CONCERNS
1. Thanksgiving. Let us praise God for continually taking care of us in all the changing scenes of our lives. He has faithfully provided for our physical needs, and He has also sustained us spiritually. In addition:
- Josiah now has a home-based job.
- The result of Kobe’s swab test (doctor’s requirement before his operation) is negative.
2. Frontliners. Let us pray for our medical frontliners (see the full list here). May the Lord spare them from illness. May they continue to persevere in caring for the sick.
a. Let us continue to pray for our sick brethren: Pas. Alex, Pas. Rolly, Kobe, Annie, Acel, Brenda, Johnny, Louie, Mel, Chippy, Delia, Tina, Edna, Arnel, Mario Gariando, Pas. Boy Junatado and his family.
b. Let us pray for our friends and loved ones who are sick: Mr. Pong, Conrad, Randy, Jun, Ludel, Neal, Amy, Marlyn, Sofia, Zain, Lola Soledad, Bobot, Rian, Lisa P, and others. May their sickness lead them to Christ.
4. Employment. Let us pray for the unemployed that God would grant them a job that will enable them to provide for their needs. Let us also pray for business owners that the Lord would sustain their businesses. Let us also pray for those who need to go to their workplaces that God would spare them from infection. Pray for Bro. Carl, who is in Bulacan doing fieldwork.
5. Nation. Let us continue to pray for those who have been greatly affected by the recent typhoon. Let us also pray that our situation concerning the spread of the infection would continue to improve. May God continue to grant wisdom to our leaders in managing the concerns of our country. May the Lord be pleased to save sinners amid these troublesome times.
III. CHURCH CONCERNS
In our Sunday School, we learned about secular humanism which is a naturalistic and materialistic worldview that aims to explain everything in life apart from God. May we be wary of such philosophy as it is contrary to God’s teaching, and it results in the perversion of morality.
In our first service, we saw that we should enter the narrow gate through repentance and faith in Christ. We were reminded that Christian life is difficult, but it leads to life. May we continue to look to Christ as we persevere in the narrow way. May we not envy those who walk in the broad way knowing that their end is destruction.
In our second service, we were reminded that God’s dealings are always right, and it is in His faithfulness that He allows us to experience afflictions. May we humbly accept and submit to God’s dark providences.
2. Services. Let us pray for wisdom to those who will minister the word of God this Sunday. May the Lord use them to edify His people and call sinners to salvation. Let us pray for fewer technical issues in our services. May we continue to delight in God and His worship.
- Pas. Mike will teach in Sunday School.
- Pas. Rolly will preach in the first service.
- Pas. Clyde will preach in the second service.
3. Online Bible Studies. Letus pray for wisdom for those who lead in the online ministries.
- Every Tuesday – Pas. Clyde (Fellowship Bible study)
- Every Friday – Pas. Rolly (Trafalgar Bible study)
- This Sunday – Sis. Elaine (Level 1), Sis. Brigette (Level 2), Sis. Alice (Level 3), Bro. Simon (Youth Bible study)
4. Relief. Letus give thanks for our relief efforts to help the families in Montalban and Morong. We have sent financial aid to them. May the Lord continue to provide for the needs of those who were devastated by the typhoon.