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This Weekend (06/15-16) at Ascension: "The thing we often avoid is the very thing we cannot live without"

June 13 2013
June 13 2013

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In this Sunday's teaching, we will explore the often-overlooked and under-valued gift that God gives to advance spiritual growth -- Christian community. When Jesus engaged in dynamic gospel ministry, He gathered to Himself an interesting collection of human beings whom He valued and in whom He invested. His strategy for advancing His Kingdom was then and has always been to bring together disparate peoples in order to meld them together in His unity and purpose. At Ascension, we see Him doing this today in our emerging community. We need to remind one another that the many things God requires of us are to be done "in community" for it's in the community of broken and sinful people that we learn to become more like Jesus. Principles of grace-filled community we glean from Jesus' ministry promise to strengthen us both as a community and as individuals in His community.

There are also two opportunities to experience prayer this weekend:

Saturday Prayer Walk @ 10-11am, meet us in front of PS101. Come join us as we walk around Forest Hills to pray for its people, institutions, organizations and companies, praying that they would prosper in all ways.

Sunday Pre-Service Prayer @ 10-10:30am, PS101. There is a growing desire for Ascensioners to pray for God's work in and through our Sunday morning worship and community time (as well as for other ministry opportunities). Please join a lay-person led tour of believing prayer through Sunday's worship folder as participants anticipate more fully and experience more richly the blessings of this Sunday's worship and Word.


"Why should I consider connecting with other like-minded people in prayer?"

Prayer is often seen as an "adjunct" or an "add-on" to Christian spirituality. This notion is actually far from the case. Instead, prayer is central to our relationship to God because it is the primary way God's children voice their dependence, helplessness and growing confidence in God. The truth is that we all can pray because we can all think and communicate. Prayer happens when we direct our thinking and communication to God as our Lord and Savior. If we feel inadequate to pray it is because we are inadequate, but strangely, that inadequacy qualifies us for the benefits of grace which prayer longs to receive! Prayer acknowledges God's sufficiency through Jesus and puts us into a position to flourish through the trials and the triumphs of life.

"I feel uncomfortable praying with people because I don't really know how to pray."

This is a very common response. Many who have experienced this apprehension have benefited greatly from learning from others who also struggle but also from others who are a little further ahead of them in their Christian experience. So the adage, "we learn best by doing," becomes especially true for growing in prayer.


We hope to see you this weekend!

 

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