Prayers for Peace – A Message from Pastor Jim

Dear Peace Family,

If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.  Galatians 5:25

Our vision for Peace Church is that we are a community of faith continually learning to live like Christ.  Questions can arise about this pursuit: does that mean I have to walk on water?  Am I supposed to heal the sick and bring sight to the blind?  What does living like Christ actually look like?  To answer that question, we can turn to the words of Paul in his letter to the Galatians.  For there, we are given a clear picture of what a “life in the Spirit” is.

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Galatians 5:22-23

When we embody these characteristics, they bear fruit in our lives and in the world around us.  They are markers of our faith, outward signs of the inward work that the Spirit is doing within us.  They are identifiers of who we serve, who we worship, who we commit our lives to.

Before all else, we are followers of Christ: before being citizens of a country, before being employees of a business, even before being members of a family.  As followers of Christ, I ask that you join me in prayer.  With love and joy in our hearts, let us thank God for the truth that our democracy stands strong in the face of any opposition.  With peace and patience, let us pray for those with whom we share differences of opinion.  With kindness and generosity, let us pray for ways that we can restore and rebuild the heart of our communities.  With faithfulness, let us pray for discernment as God guides us through challenging and uncertain times.  With gentleness and self-control, let us pray for the leadership of our country, for those experiencing trauma, the loss of loved ones, for those working to keep us safe, and for our ongoing calling to love God and love our neighbor. 

All throughout the Psalms we come across the word selah.  It is a Hebrew word that means to lift up and exalt forever, but it was also used as direction, as a break within the psalm to allow time and space for worship and prayer.  So, would you please take a moment right now and join me in a brief selah.  It will be just three minutes, in fact. 

Follow the link below that will lead you into a brief time of worship and prayer.  Take this opportunity right now, not sometime later, to pray. Invite the Holy Spirit into the space wherever you are as your read this.  Begin with some breathing, inhaling the peace of God and exhaling all that you carry within you.  Then take whatever time you need to dwell in the presence of our Healer, our Redeemer, our Lord: The One who makes all things new. Through the power of the Spirit, may we be those who bear the fruit of the Spirit in all areas of our lives.

May God’s grace and peace be upon us,

Pastor Jim