Worship service – March 12, 2023 – “Pray Always”

As a child, were you taught a specific way to pray – holding hands just so, eyes cast up or down, head bowed or reaching up, at a certain time of day? Today, Pastor Linda shows us how we can pray always, not just in the way we learned as a child, but in other ways that help us engage with God throughout the day.  See if you can find a new way to pray that suits the person you are today.

Our services are being held with in-person attendance at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.  Today’s service is provided below in its entirety in video format.  Note that closed captioning is available when “CC” appears in white at the bottom of the video panel. Click the CC to see the text; as it is done with an automated service, there may be errors in transcription.

Our Scripture Reading is 1 Thessalonians 5:14-25. The reading for today is from 1st Thessalonians, the first letter Paul wrote to the young church at Thessalonica in northern Greece in about 51 A.D. It’s one of the first letters of Paul that has been found. After visiting the church there for several weeks, Paul went to Athens. He sent his associate Timothy back to Thessalonica to help stabilize them, then Timothy rejoined Paul in Corinth and reported what he found. Apparently they had a lot of questions about the end times, and needed guidance on how to work together in the church. Today’s passage addresses the whole church, giving them basic moral standards, praying for them, and requesting prayer for him and his associates.

Good Morning Morgan Hill featured an interview by “Katie Cupcake” (Denise Melroy) of guest “Paul” (John Braslin) about Paul’s story of becoming a follower of Jesus, and of how he advocated praying without ceasing.  This episode of Good Morning Morgan Hill is brought to you by Bill and Marilyn’s Excellent Adventure in Acting and Directing.

Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook
Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook

The message today from Pastor Linda is “Pray Always.”

Pastor Linda demonstrated several ways to pray, so that we could be in an attitude of prayer at any time of day or night.  These methods are listed below, with links for more information.  They are not specific to any one religion or denomination, but may be practiced by people of any faith.

  • 5-finger prayer, a method of using the fingers on one hand as a prompt for prayer
  • Lectio Divina, a way to read the scriptures and discern what God may be saying through them.
  • Icons, religious works of art that tell the Christian story in images and colors.
  • Mandalas, a circular art form that encompasses a graphic and often symbolic pattern.
  • Prayer beads, a string of beads that can be used to help count prayers, say mantras, or memorize scripture.
  • Prayer shawls, a piece of cloth worn over the shoulders to represent the love of God and/or community.
  • Christ candle, a candle whose flame symbolizes the light of God.
  • Labyrinth, a winding path that leads to a center then back to the origin, symbolic of the journey toward God’s illumination then out to the world. (There is a labyrinth in front of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Morgan Hill.)
  • Breath prayer, a short prayer of petition or praise that helps us become award of the presence of God.
  • ACTS prayer, acronym for a prayer of Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.
  • Prayer body positions, and how they impact our connection with God

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