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Saint John's Weekly Congregational Care and Prayers Details

October 21, 2021

We are quite confident that if we ask anything of God, and if it is in accord with God’s will, it will be heard. And knowing that whatever we ask, we are heard, we understand that the request is already granted in the asking. 1 John 5:14-15 The Inclusive Bible

Prayers of Comfort

Prayers of comfort to Sara and Chris Cotter upon the passing of Sara’s son Aidan McGonagle on October 16, 2021. Services will be held on Friday, November 12, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. at Anderson Terrace located at 11505 Anderson Mill Road, Austin, TX 78750

Prayers of comfort for Jennifer and Mike, Max and Maya Hicks upon the passing of Jennifer’s mother Kathleen Whicker Daughtrey, on October 14, 2021, in Cibolo, TX.

Prayers of comfort for Karen Stone and the friends and family of Katheryn Jane Knobloch, who passed away on October 6, 2021, in Sioux Fall, SD, after battling pancreatic cancer for the last two years. Karen and Kat have been friends for 52 years.

Prayers of Joy and Thanks

For the Life of Eileen Frances Goodnow that we celebrate in a Service of Death and Resurrection on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.

We are thankful for the fall weather and promise of a healthy and happy fall season.

We thank God for the love and support given to Saint John’s by its members and many friends.

Prayers for Hope, Help & Healing

We ask God for continued healing for those dealing with illness and disease.

We ask God for blessings for those facing surgery and treatments.

We ask God for teacher and childcare givers as they provide love to children in their care.

Lindsey G,

Susanne S.

Zohreh

Jenna P

Brenda U.

Laura S.

Jane R.

Sarah A.

Tamara M.

Joseph F.

Deepa S.

RJ P.

Oskert B.

Scripture 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 NRSV

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.

May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. he one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

“Lord I want to be a Christian” is an African American melody, pub.1907. The poet’s name is unknown, but historians have placed the time the song was created to be during the ministry of an evangelist named Samuel Davies, who served in the state of Virginia between 1748 and 1756.

During that time, a slave came to Davies to learn more about the Christian faith. He said to the evangelist: “I come to you, sir, that you may tell me some good things concerning Jesus Christ and my duty to God, for I am resolved not to live any more as I have done…. Sir, I want to be a Christian in my heart.”

What did he mean by that last statement? Likely this. He had observed his slave masters attending church and talking about their religion. But he wondered how they could truly be filled with the love of Christ and enslave other human beings, so often cruelly mistreating them. The man wanted the kind of Christianity that affected the inside, as well as the outside of his life.

It was out of that encounter that the spiritual was born. And it was intended as more than a prayer. It was a kind of declaration of purpose, a testimony of how the singer was determined to live. In succeeding stanzas, it says:

Lord, I want to be a Christian in-a my heart, in-a my heart,

Lord, I want to be a Christian in-a my heart.

In-a my heart, in-a my heart,

Lord, I want to be a Christian in-a my heart.

Lord, I want to be more loving in-a my heart…

Lord, I want to be more holy in-a my heart…

Lord, I want to be like Jesus in-a my heart.

Let this be our prayer this week…

Lord I Want to Be a Christian, United Methodist Hymnal # 402

https://wordwisehymns.com/2017/03/20/lord-i-want-to-be-a-christian/

To protect the privacy and confidentiality of those you have entrusted to our prayers we will use only first name and last initial with a few exceptions (like in the case of births and deaths). For updates or questions, please contact Congregational Care Pastor Cheryl Broome ( ), 512-452-5737 ext. 228 or Congregational Prayer Outreach Minister Jonathan Hoyle ( ) Please include your name and phone number.

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IF YOU ARE HOSPITALIZED OR PLANNING SURGERY PLEASE CALL THE CONGREGATIONAL CARE OFFICE AT (512) 452-5737 TO CONFIRM DETAILS AND ARRANGE A VISIT. Our prayer teams receive the requests with first names only and pray for each request for at least a week.


If you have a confidential prayer concern, please call or e-mail our Congregational Care Pastor Cheryl Broome at (512) 735-6202 or cheryl@stjohnsaustin.org.
If you have any questions about prayer requests, please contact Pastor Cheryl at cheryl@stjohnsaustin.org.

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