Praying for Umpqua Community College

This week marks the beginning of classes for a new academic year at Umpqua Community College. Yesterday in our worship service we prayed for the following requests. Please use these requests to guide your prayer for the students, staff, and faculty at UCC as they continue the healing process.

PRAYING FOR UMPQUA COMMUNITY COLLEGE SEPTEMBER 25, 2016 October 1, 2015, has forever changed our lives. Since classes had only begun a few days previously students, faculty and staff were still learning to navigate a new school year. Gunshots rang out and in just a few minutes 9 students had been killed and some 17 other students had been injured by the gunfire. The culprit also died as police responded. September 26, 2016 will be the beginning of a new school year for UCC. As students, faculty and staff come together tomorrow please pray for the following requests (submitted by various faculty at staff at UCC): Continued healing- physical, emotional, spiritual Courage and strength for those whose memories are making this a difficult transition Members of the Board of Trustee’s as they move forward in achieving the mission of the college Dr. Debra Thatcher, new president of UCC (she began on July 1, 2016) Safety and security around and on campus For students to be able to learn For unity among faculty and staff

PRAYER FOR OUR COUNTRY

Here is a link to an article I found helpful…http://www.albertmohler.com/2016/09/12/terror-teaches-learned-anything-3/

 

Yesterday, September 11 was the 15th anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept 11, 2001. In memory of those who died on that day, and those who have sacrificed their lives serving our country during these years of the war on terror we spent time praying for our country. Here is the prayer guide we shared:

PRAYER GUIDE SEPTEMBER 11, 2016 For the next few moments pray with those gathered around your table. Feel free to pray out loud, being aware of others praying at other tables, or pray silently using the following prayer thoughts:

LORD, I humble myself to seek You above all other things in my life “and [if] My people who are called by My name humble themselves, pray and seek My face, and turn from their evil ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, HCSB)

I will turn from my sin and self-effort: “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3–5, HCSB)

I will yield to God’s Lordship and the fullness of the Holy Spirit: “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3–5, HCSB) “Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place? The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not set his mind on what is false, and who has not sworn deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.” (Psalm 24:3–5, HCSB)

LORD, I/We pray that biblical foundations would be restored in our lives…

that our marriages and families would honor You…

that our schools would be protected from the evil one and that believers who work in our schools will be empowered to share their faith with students and other staff and faculty.

I/We pray that Your people who live in the nation known as the United States, would turn to You, that they would learnt o seek You, and that You would enable all to see the truth and grace that are available in Jesus Christ.

LORD, We cry to you, seeking to be freshly filled with Your Holy Spirit so that our lives would clearly reflect Your presence and that our words would be spoken in such a way that Your presence and power are magnified.

LABOR DAY`

MATTHEW 1!:28-30

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Peterson, Eugene H. The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2005.

Today is Labor Day! Enjoy a day of physical rest and take some time to celebrate the ‘rest’ that God gives us through Jesus Christ!