Come and Find the Quiet Center

9622-ea_be still and know that I am God“Come and find the quiet center in the crowded life we lead, find the room for hope to enter, find the frame where we are freed; clear the chaos and the clutter, clear our eyes that we can see all the things that really matter, be at peace, and simply be.” I came across these words, written by Shirley Murray, recently when looking through the Faith We Sing songbook – and they touched my heart. Now that things are ramping up for fall, it is easy to get caught up in all of the excitement and energy. And if we’re not careful, we may find ourselves over committed and too busy to find that “quiet center” in our lives.

I do love this time of year with all of the new opportunities for learning and growth. We have some great ministries starting back at Faith including Wednesday night activities and a new Children’s Sunday School program. It is going to be a great season of ministry and I look forward to what’s ahead. However, I am constantly being reminded of the need to have quiet time with God: time to pray, time to read and reflect on Scripture, and time to just BE.

God’s Word calls us to “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). The more full our schedules become, the more important it is to carve out time to “be still”. As excited as I am about the new ministry opportunities that our before us – I want more than anything for us to be a congregation that is committed to daily prayer and quiet reflection with God. If we get too busy for this than our work will be in vain.

To help us pray for each other and with each other, we will be creating a prayer wall in the narthex later this month. This prayer wall will be a place for you to offer prayer for another person, leave a prayer from your own heart, or take a prayer from someone else to lift up at home. We will try out this prayer wall for a few weeks to help us focus our hearts on prayer and it will be located in the narthex as a reminder that prayer should always be our first priority, just like we learned from the early Christians in the book of Acts. I want the fall season at Faith to be a wonderful time of growing and learning and doing – but all of our action must first be grounded in prayer. Will you pray with me these next weeks? Let’s pray for God to lead us and to show us His perfect will for our lives – and for Faith Church!

See you Sunday,

Mandy