God is good.
Do you believe that? I do. And every day that passes, I believe it more.
“Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Matthew 7:9-11 niv)
This journey from St. Paul’s to Harvest has been an amazing experience. Believing that God was calling us to join the planting team at Harvest, we gave everything up to the Lord and asked that he would do the impossible. Over the last couple of weeks we have been reminded of just how big and how good our God truly is.
Today is the first of seven days that we are setting aside to praise God for all he has done in our lives and praying for all the things he will do in the coming days, weeks, months, and even years. One of the things we had hoped to be able to do in the midst of planting a church was to bring glory to God by being obedient in all that he asked, and then boasting of his faithfulness. These next seven days are part of our testimony of that faithfulness.
We’ve asked you, our family and friends to share in this time for two reasons. One; we know we serve a big God, able to do immeasurably more than we could imagine. We want you to see and know just how big he is. And two; we need and covet your prayers as we step out in faith to do what we believe God has called us to do. So thank you for joining us this week.
Let’s get started.
Day One Praise…<
This Sunday, June 24th, 2012, we want to praise God for 5 wonderful years of ministry at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church. Youth ministry has long been one of my hearts deepest passions. When we learned of the open position at St. Paul's in 2007, we never expected all that God had planned for us. It has truly been a joy to share life with the students and families who came under our care. The student ministry saw a number of changes come to the program over those five years. From basement of the original church at 132 E. Union to 121 Center Place, our own special place in town, to the new church at 1845 N. Center Ave, it was an exciting ride of new ministry opportunities, new faces, and new blessings. I am so grateful for all that God allowed us to do in his name.
Day One Prayer…
It’s one thing to make the move from one church ministry to another. But it’s dramatically different moving from one established, grounded, fully functioning church to a brand new, just-starting-out, church plant. While the prospects of being part of a church plant are exciting, it is also incredible scary and humbling. We are fully dependent upon God for every part of the venture. And really, I think that is the best place for us to be.
Would you pray for the new work at Harvest Church? Specifically…
– For the planting team who have committed time, resources, and energies to God’s call to be a new church.
– For the community we believe God is leading us to reach, North & South Strabane in Washington County.
– That we may respond to the spiritual and physical needs of our neighbors as we fulfill our purpose… to REACH people with the Good News message of Jesus Christ, to TEACH them to become fully DEVOTED followers of Him, and to HONOR God as they SERVE others.
Thank you. Thank you, so much for taking the time to pray for and with us! We are so grateful to have you supporting Harvest Church in this powerful way!
We will be back tomorrow with Day Two. Till then…
*To learn more about Harvest Church, please visit our website at, www.HarvestChurchToday.org. If you would like to speak with Jay to learn more about the church, please contact Jay through his email, and he will provide contact information. If you would like to financial support Harvest Church as it gets its start, please email the church office and we will be in touch with you. firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.