January 26, 2020

The Power of Prayer

Why do we say to others and ourselves during difficult times, “All I can do is pray.” As if prayer is at the bottom of the list of ways to deal with adversity and needs! May we approach prayer as the Bible does – with great significance.

God says prayer is important!

“And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (James 5.15-16).

God says prayer must be constant!

Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving” (Colossians 4.2). “… pray without ceasing …” (1 Thessalonians 5.17). “To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace” (2 Thessalonians 1.11).

Our Master and Teacher – Jesus – was a person of prayer!

“And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone …” (Matthew 14.23). “In these days he went out to the mountain to pray, and all night he continued in prayer to God. And when day came, he called his disciples and chose from them twelve, whom he named apostles … ” (Luke 6.12-13).

God listens to our prayers … and answers!

“And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith” (Matthew 21.22). “But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard …’” (Luke 1.13a).

Ron McQuinn

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Jan 26    (Sun) Plaza Bible Study, 3pm

Jan 27    (Mon) Ladies Prayer and Fitness Class, 6pm

Jan 27    (Mon) B-12, 7pm, Fellowship Hall

Jan 28    (Tue) Ladies Bible Class, 10am, Crafty Ladies

Jan 28    (Tue) UCBI Class, 6:45-7:30pm, FLC 104

Jan 29    (Wed) Bible Classes, 7pm

Feb 2  (Sun) 2:42 Small Groups

Feb 3  (Mon) Breakfast at Perkins. 8:30am

Feb 3  (Mon) Ladies Prayer and Fitness, 6pm, FLC

Feb 3  (Mon) B-12, 7pm, Fellowship Hall

EQUIP CONFERENCE 2020 will be July 16-19.  Mark your calendar and plan to attend. Registration is free. Contact the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando to reserve your room. 1-800-800-9840. For more information about the conference go to www.equiporlando.org.

CLOTHING ITEMS NEEDED We have ongoing classes with the women at Lowell Correctional Institute and received a request from them. Lowell is currently in desperate need of t-shirts, blouses, pants, jeans, long shorts, and etc. for the inmates to be able to wear when they are released back into society. We are needing all sizes of clothes (no “skimpy/revealing” attire or high heels).” If you have items you would like to donate to this ongoing need, please place them in the bin by the bulletin board or give them to Oretha Walker, Becky Barclift or Chris Payne. Thank you!

YG NEWS Plan to come out tonight for January’s Dinner & DEVO to be held in the FLC Dining Room at 6pm. RSVP to Bret today. YES Weekend will be 2/21-23 in Valdosta, GA. See e-mail sent earlier this week and pay your $20 commitment deposit to Bret by Wednesday. Provided enough interest and chaperone availability, we will make this fun & encouraging road trip happen. More details…http://yesyouth.org/ Don’t miss combined classes on Sundays with David Mountford teaching 7 Signs in the Gospel of John. Wednesdays are combined with Bret studying various topics.

GATORS FOR CHRIST Tonight at 7:30pm our Dinner & Devotional will be at the Holways’ home (5660 SW 88th Court) – Come for praise & worship singing, Alex Lancaster bringing the message, dinner, fun & fellowship! We will have our college & post grad class this Wednesday on “Shook: Shaken by God’s Holy Power” by Darren. This Thursday at 7pm we will be having our small group dinner Bible studies at Katie’s for the ladies and Travis, Jamauri & Austin’s place for the men. Please meet at UCCC this Saturday at 4pm to carpool to the Singing & Wild Game Feast at Burlington Santa Fe Church! Directions are at www.GatorsforChrist.org!

SPECIAL COLLECTION There will be an opportunity to contribute to Christian Family Services today, January 26. If you would like to contribute to this ministry, please make your check out to Christian Family Services and put it in the collection plate during the special collection.

ATRIUM WORSHIP Reserved time has been made available to UCCC for the third Sunday of each month from 3:30 to 4:15pm, to present a short lesson at the Atrium for the residents there. Anyone is welcome to attend. Men are needed to present the lessons. Please contact John Bell if you are interested in helping.

BLESSING BAGS are a caring and useful way to extend kindness to those who are in need. Items for the bags can be donated in the bin in the hallway and prepared bags are in the End Zone.

WORK PROGRAM Twelve-step programs are designed to involve the whole self in the work of recovery. It’s not enough to get and/or stay clean-n-sober. The work of recovery involves spiritual growth and development—the work of a lifetime. Are you ready? Join us, Monday nights at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.

LADIES BIBLE CLASS meets each Tuesday morning at 10 am. All ladies are welcome. Childcare is provided.

DAILY BIBLE READING SCHEDULES are available in the foyer for your convenience.

FEBRUARY CLASSES The February Bible class listings for Sundays and Wednesday are now available in both of our facilities. Pick one up and plan to attend a class.

PANTRY ITEMS NEEDED:  Canned peas, canned soup

ELDER’S CORNER

1 Peter 5:2 “Be Shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care…”

Hebrews 10:22 “So let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith. We have been cleansed and made free from feelings of guilt. And our bodies have been washed with pure water.” (NCV)

We are reminded that we now have personal access to God through Christ. We don’t need an elaborate system any more. It is our fault if we don’t take advantage of it.

Dan Bryant

Private prayer with an Elder(s) is available down front following the closing song or by appointment.

Please remember our sick and shut-in with cards, visits or a phone call and keep them in your prayers.

Hospitals: (this past week)

Sandra Brooker (Shands)

Special Care Facilities:

Mary Banks, Annetta Beazlie, Onley Bowers, Ernestine Courtney, Mary Jo English, Katherine Guttery, Joan Jaudon, Jodi McKim, Lanelle Waters, June Wiles, Virginia Witt

Others:

Donald Allen, Ed Bresnyan, Korena Brumley, Jan Carr, Chuck Gatton, Yvonne Griffin, Douglas Guntor, Brooke Hinckley, Larry Hood, Larry Jonas, Carol Massey, Bennilene Pennisi, Bob Stancliff, Rick Worley, Ruth Wyatt, John Zylinski.

Prayers for the safety and strength of all those in harm’s way serving our country and community.