Creek's End Family & Friends,
After our First Wednesday prayer time last night, God brought to my mind the verse in James 5:16 which says “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” These words, effective and fervent, literally mean “stretched out.” Visualize a horse jumping over a barricade, stretched out as he leaps. It’s like an athlete who’s running for the gold, and he bursts for the tape and stretches himself out for the goal.
It’s tragic how easily we can miss the main ingredient in effective prayer. In our sin, we’ve been rewired to focus on us — on the steps we should take for our prayers to be heard. We have this bent toward believing that every result is born from method. If something works for somebody, we want to know what that somebody is doing.
We’ve developed the assumption that if we can just strip it all down to a reproducible process to put into action, then the results will multiply. While this applies to certain things, it doesn’t apply to prayer — or at least that’s not the vision the apostle James gives us. The main ingredient in effective prayer is emphatically not us.
This means that the focus of effective and fervent prayer is not us, but God. Prayer has less to do with the specifics of how we say what we say, and more to do with the one to whom we are saying it. We pray as ordinary people who have an extraordinary God. We’re just normal, you and I. Prayer is effective, not because of great men who pray, but because of a great God who in Christ graciously hears his people. He’s the main ingredient. So, pray – effectively and fervently.
Here is what is happening at Creek’s End…
“QUOTATION MARKS” SUMMER TEAM SERIES CONTINUES
God has enough grace to carry us through the storms of our lives. He assures us that He will not let go of us. That is what His grace is and it is more than enough to meet any challenge. Once we admit that we are weak, God is there, willing and more than able to carry us through the hard times. Join us Sunday for Jesus’ words My Grace Is Sufficient, on campus or online at 11:00 AM.
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR SUNDAY
On our website we have made it easy to access materials that are available for Sunday as we worship from home. This link SUNDAY RESOURCES will take you to all the links you need – Sermon notes, Bible Study video, Live Stream, prayer requests, online giving and a Connection Card.
STUDENT MINISTRY RESUMES
THE CREEK Student Ministry, as it will now be called, will resume meeting on Wednesdays beginning August 12. Doors will open each Wednesday at 6:00 PM and we will be done during the school year by 8:15. The doors opening at 6:00 include a built in hour of eating and fellowship. We will have $1 - $2 dinner each Wednesday and will take full advantage of games and things in the Warehouse as well as outside. Twice a month will be a pretty traditional youth service, once will be a game night with a Bible charge, and once will be a night where we put into practice what we have been learning together. On the months we have a 5th Wednesday, we will host family dinner. To begin, we want to be as wise and cautious as possible with our meeting. Masks will be required at youth time, we will socially distance chairs, and we will be doing temperature checks.
Sundays will return on August 16 at 9:30 AM. Here is the format:
9:30-9:50 - Breakfast together (It will be free for students each week)
9:50-10:00 - Game time
10:00-10:10 - Lesson
10:10-10:30 - Small groups
Once again, our COVID measures will be in place for these times.
COMING SOON IN “QUOTATION MARKS”
This year our team series centers on the some important quotes of Jesus. I, along with Pastor Jesse, and Pastor Tim will show us the words of Jesus and the Word of God are synonymous and perfectly corresponding. He spoke more powerfully than anyone else in history. Here is the remaining schedule…
AUGUST 16 - “Love the Lord God…Love Your Neighbor”
AUGUST 23 - “Go Into All the World”
AUGUST 30 - “I Am the Vine”
SEPTEMBER 6 - “The First Shall be Last”
See you this weekend,