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Praying the Word Over Covid-19

Greetings dear friend,

Does life seem out of control right now? The Coronavirus has sparked fear, stress, uncertainty, hoarding, greed, panic, hostility and more! These things are not God’s desire for His people. In fact, Jesus calls us to courage, peace, boldness, generosity, level-headedness and kindness! If those who are committed to being Christ-followers will stand firm and seek His face in this moment, God will receive great glory!

Let’s resolve to lean into greater faith, asking God to revive and awaken us. Each day, for the next 6 days, we will look to God’s Word to inform our prayers, so check back to this website daily.

PLEASE NOTE: These prayers are provided by Harvest Prayer Ministries.

DAY ONE

Pray that a repentant people would turn to God seeking Revival: “Will You not Yourself revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You “(Psalm 85:6)? John Avant of Life Action Ministries recently said, “…since this mighty God has invaded our hearts, since He inhabits our lives, we are not out of control. We live in His control. We are empowered with His purpose. We are a part of His plan. BUT…we have departed from Him. I have and you have. We will feel out of control as long as we stay distant from Him, numb to His call to repent. We will continue to point fingers and fight among ourselves until we find ourselves more astonished by God than we are afraid of a disease or anxious to return to our past patterns. We will feel out of control until we give up our own control and humbly cry out in brokenness, “I am the problem!” He continues, “If there is one thing above all else that is more important in these days (of dealing with Coronavirus) than washing our hands, it is to return to God and let him wash our hearts!”

Prayer: Father God, Creator of the Universe, we bow our hearts before You in repentance. We have tried to control our own circumstances and figure everything out in the midst of the unknown rather than placing our trust in You. Forgive us, Lord, and turn our hearts back toward Your’s. May we relinquish control of this harsh reality we are currently living in and trust You to work in the midst of it so that all the world is astonished at Your power and goodness. Help us to emerge from our brokenness before You as holy and purified followers of Jesus, ready to return to active duty on the front lines of Your kingdom instead of trying to control it or figure it out. We bless You, Lord, and ask for Your mercy as we humble ourselves before You. In Jesus’ redeeming Name. Amen.

Dear First Baptist Family,

Trying to adjust to this new way of life in the age of global pandemic has certainly had its challenges. In different ways, each of us is trying to figure out a new normal. One of the greatest difficulties during this crisis is being separated from one another at a time when we feel an even greater need to be together. But please remember, that although we are physically apart, we are still connected in spirit through our kinship as brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ. As the Covid-19 crisis continues, your pastor and Church Council are pressing onward together to faithfully address the needs of our congregation. With that in mind, the following changes and recommendations have been prayerfully made:

• Church office hours will now be: Monday – Thursday 9am – 12:30pm

• Worship is being suspended through the end of April (this will be re-evaluated as circumstances warrant). Additional information enclosed.

• We are introducing some new ways for us to stay connected. Please read the enclosed information regarding those things that we hope will prove useful in our current situation, as well as into the future.

• American Baptists USA are calling for 21 Days of Prayer. We are asking the entire congregation, along with your families and friends, to participate in this prayer movement for our nation and world. Included in this mailing is a list of “20 Prayers for a Pandemic” that we hope you will find useful. You can also go to our website beginning this Saturday, March 28th, for a series, “SIX DAYS OF PRAYING THE WORD OVER COVID-19.”

• Although we cannot be together we can still BE THE CHURCH. Please see the enclosed recommendations and new ministry opportunity.

You may feel particularly alone and anxious these days, but please know with certainty that you are loved – by God and by your church family!

God bless you and keep you in His loving care,

Rev. Debra Federico

Richard Henderson, Church Council Moderator

Rick Maysey, Trustees

Betsey Lee, Diaconate

Linda Pincelli, Missions

Bob Poorman, Christian Education

“Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death?…No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.” (Romans 8:35,37 NLT).

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