Thursday 17th Prayer Vigil
As we prepare for Good Friday we remember the words of Jesus to His Disciples as He went to pray in the garden. 40b …”Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” (Luke 22:40b)
Here is Jesus in anguished prayer for what He is about to do. Jesus goes back to His Disciples and sees they are asleep and says words that are just as relevant to us today. 40b“…Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. 41a“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation…” (Matthew 26:40b-41a)
On Thursday the 17th we have the opportunity to keep a prayer vigil, to pray for an hour or more as we keep watch with Jesus. Merredin Church of Christ will be open from 7pm Thursday night to 6am Good Friday so people can come and pray for this Town, nation, world, leaders, ministries and for others.
Please commit to an hour, or more. There is a sign up sheet on the Merredin Church of Christ web-site, here is the link: http://www.merredinchurchofchrist.org/prayer-vigil/?sheet_id=1.
A bring and share fellowship tea will be held at the Merredin Uniting Church this Saturday 15 February 2014 at 6pm.
This will give the opportunity to meet and talk with John and Bronwyn McKane in an informal setting.
There will be a day of Thanksgiving
Sunday 2 February 2014
from 9am to 10am
at The Cummins Theatre Merredin.
DAY OF THANKSGIVING FOR THE RAIN AND COUNTRY COMMUNITIES.
SUNDAY, 2ND FEBRUARY.
After a very dry June and much of July last year, many crops in the wheat belt were dying and communities in our country areas were despondent, worried and anxious, facing another poor season and financial ruin.
A group of intercessors from Merredin sent out a call for a day of prayer for rain and for their communities to be held on 19th July 2013. Groups of Christians throughout the state, including many prayer groups in Perth, met at 10.00am that day to pray.
The following week on 23rd July 2013, a strong rain bearing depression brought good rains across the grain growing areas. The rains continued regularly through August, September and well into October.
The front page of the West Australian on December 20th 2013 under the title of HARVEST JOY, wrote,
“WA farmers have fought back from the brink of disaster to deliver the State’s biggest grain harvest and a $5 billion-plus boost for the WA economy five days from Christmas.
The record of 15.06 million tonnes delivered to Co-operative Bulk Handling by yesterday, highlights a massive turnaround in what has been WA farming’s most remarkable season. The size and the speed of the great grain harvest has shocked industry veterans who feared the worst when virtually no rain fell in the Wheat belt in June and July. The crop has broken scores of records and put hundreds of farmers back on their financial feet after a run of poor seasons.” A centre page in the ‘West’, continues under the heading of “Wet, warm spring was key to salvation.” This article gave all the statistics of the harvest, noting all the record breaking data.
As the children and family of God, we know who sent the wet, warm spring in answer to our heart-felt prayers in July. What a gracious, faithful, kind and merciful heavenly Father, who sent all the conditions required for that bumper harvest.
I feel very strongly that we should set aside a day to give thanks to our God for His goodness and kindness in hearing and answering our prayers. Remember when Jesus healed the ten lepers, only one returned to thank Him – and He enquired regarding the nine that didn’t return. Luke 17:17-18.
I am aware that in some towns there are churches who still hold “Harvest Thanksgiving” services, and I praise God that they do. But I believe that all of us who prayed so desperately back in July for rain, need to gather once more to thank and praise our God for His faithfulness.
Having spoken about this with some of our country intercessors, we have decided to set aside, Sunday 2nd of February as a day of Thanksgiving for the Bountiful Harvest. As churches meet across our state on that day, let us set aside a time of thanksgiving and gratitude to our wonderful God for His provision. Let us also take this opportunity to pray for a mighty harvest of souls in our cities, towns and regions.
Remember the Scripture that says, “First the natural and then the spiritual”. 1 Cor.15:46
As well as offering the Lord thanks publicly, please also spend time with the Lord (if possible with other intercessors) on this day of Thanksgiving, giving Him thanks and praise for what He has done, and wait on Him to show you how to pray for the Harvest of souls in our state.
The Scripture used in preparation for the day of prayer for rain in July was from 1 Chron.7:13-15.
The Lord always chooses to work through HIS people, that is why we are called to prayer.
In 1 Tim.2:1-6, the apostle Paul emphasises to Timothy the importance of our prayers, supplications, intercession and thanksgiving for all men (people) because His desire is for all men to be saved.
There will be a Fellowship Tea held at the Merredin Church on Saturday 9th November at 6.00 pm.
This will be followed by a presentation by Bob and Louise French on their recent trip to Cambodia with Stitches of Hope.
Please bring something to share.