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Ministry Team Feature: The Prayer Team

I'd like to periodically feature the different ministry teams at Gateway.  It's easiest to start with the one I'm on, the Prayer Team, led by Julie Abraham.  Here's hoping this is the first of several features on ministry teams.

Who is currently on the Prayer Team?

Julie Abraham is the leader, with members Mark Abraham, John and Lisa Maulella, Phil and Trisha Sallee, Rachel Wallner and Sondy Eklund.  Others help with the Prayer Room ministry, praying down front after the services.  Alex York is the staff contact.

What does the Prayer Team do?

The Prayer Team has a mission of encouraging prayer throughout our church.  We also try to pray over the big picture prayer requests for the church, be available for those who need prayer. and try to make sure prayer needs get communicated to people who will be praying.
 
With those goals in mind, the Prayer Team: 
 
  • Runs the "Prayer Room" after each Sunday service.
  • Plans a monthly Prayer and Praise service.  (The next one is *tomorrow night,* March 10, at 7:00 at the church office!)
  • Meets monthly to pray over church needs.
  • Prays for each Gateway ministry team.
  • Prays for requests as they come in.
  • Prays before each Sunday service.  (This happens at 9:30 am in the music room next to the hall leading from the parking lot.  All who attend Gateway are welcome!)

How has being on the Prayer Team touched your life?

Julie says, "I have grown a lot in my prayer life and my relationship with the Lord by being a part of the prayer team.  It has been such a blessing to share fellow Gateway people's burdens through prayer.  It's an honor to pray with others and to pray for them. My commitment and heart for Gateway has deepened just through interceding.  I learn so much through my fellow prayer team members that I hardly feel as if I am a leader.  But when leadership responsibilities call my name, I definitely feel challenged and get amazed at how God leads me and works everything out."

My answer is, "For me, selfishly, I've gotten prayed for so many times when I've needed it!  But it's also meant so much to be able to lift others before the Lord in prayer.  It builds my faith to see God's answers, and it's a blessing to be able to do this for my brothers and sisters in Christ.  It reminds me to pray for the big-picture needs of Gateway, and I feel all the more part of this community and this body of Christ."

Are there openings on the Prayer Team?

Always!  If you have a heart for prayer and/or want a way to grow in your prayer life, please consider joining our prayer team; there are many different ways to partake and serve.

How do I sign up?

Talk with Julie Abraham.

And whether or not you can join the team, come join us in prayer and praise tomorrow night!

Fantastic! Power and Healing

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Today Pastor Ed preached a second sermon in the series titled "Fantastic: incredible stories from Jesus' life and their significance for us."  This one covered the passage in Luke 8:40-56, where Jesus heals a woman sick for years and then raises a little girl from the dead.

First, Jesus is asked to come to a synagogue leader's home to heal his daughter, who is very sick.  Along the way, he's interrupted when a woman touches him -- and Jesus feels power going through him to heal her.

We have to admit, that is a weird thing for him to say!

For those who'd like to domesticate Jesus, this encounter is deeply disturbing.

This goes way past bizarre to fantastic.

God's power is real.  And it's huge.  We shouldn't be surprised when it has a physical effect.

Then the synagogue leader is told not to bother Jesus any longer, because his daughter is dead.  But Jesus goes to his house and brings the girl back to life.

There were three conditions surrounding these healings:  Desperation, faith (those two are cousins), and the presence of Jesus.

His presence is here today.

There are two reactions to this:

  1. You can't be serious.
  2. I believe it.  But what's wrong?  Why don't we see more of this?

To the first, we say:  Yes, we're serious.  We have seen Jesus' power.

Please, examine your doubts and your worldview.  When the rational approach favors faith, we turn to doubt.  Put your doubt under the same scrutiny as your faith.  Science doesn't prove a materialistic worldview, it assumes it.

To the second (Why don't we see more of this?), we look at Philippians 3:16 and 4:9.  We need to put into practice what we've already attained.

Why is our boldest prayer, "Help the surgeon's hand?"

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I'm still processing my response to this message.  But even as I write that, I wonder if that's a way of distancing myself.

How about you?  What's your reaction?  What thoughts and feelings did the message stir up?  Does anyone have stories of feeling God's power?

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