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Fervent prayer was one of the hallmarks of the church throughout her history. Jesus was given to regular and fervent prayer (Luke ). The early church devoted itself to prayer (Acts ). The Apostle Paul enjoins believers to “pray without ceasing” (2 Thessalonians ). Due to the Bible’s emphasis on prayer, Phoenix United regularly prays for needs in and outside her ministry. Each week items for prayer are listed so that we can pray for each other and those who are outside our local fellowship. The following prayer list reflects various prayer matters for this week:
PURC Family Prayer List—Week of August 30, 2015
With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. Ephesians 6:18-19
Do pray for Melanie Danzeisen's family. Melanie’s father, Ken Van Byssum passed away Thursday, after a multiple-month battle with cancer. He died peacefully with his family at his side and most importantly he died in Christ. Please remember to keep Melanie, her brother and her mother in your prayers.
Continue to pray for Carlos Quintero who faces not only multiple job prospects but also diminished health. Lately, he has faced severe stomach pains. Pray that doctors may be able to accurately diagnose and treat his illness.
Pray for elders Joel Gross and Clayton Danzeisen and Pastor Grotenhuis as they travel next week to a Fall classis meeting (Chino, CA, September 14,15). The meeting promises a full agenda, including three candidacy exams as well as various other matters requiring the collective wisdom of the delegates.
Give thanks for the recent birth of Silas Harding, son of Joe and Lisa Harding. Joe and Lisa plan on resuming worship at PURC after being away some months.
The final details are being put into place for PURC's 2015/16 adult and children's education year. Pray for a blessing upon our education efforts as together we seek to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Cadets and Gems Clubs that will begin on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. The Cadets theme this year is “Hooked on Christ” Matt 4:19.
Pray for Jason Walsh, Director of Arizona Right to Life as he organizes pro-life outreaches to schools in the area as well as organized protests against Planned Parenthood.
Give thanks that the Office of Governor that has recently issued an executive order stating that abortion clinics must report to state health officials what they are doing with the remains of aborted fetuses. Pray that God would defund and in time close abortion clinics throughout the US.
Lift up the Hope Women's Center in Phoenix and pray for Tammy Abernathy, the Executive Director. This center serves women in need in our community.
Pray that God would open further doors for women to serve at PURC in the area of hospitality, teaching, encouraging, organizing, and other areas in service to the King.
Our church has a long history of supporting Christian education. Pray for our children who attend Phoenix Christian Grade School as well as other schools in the greater Phoenix area. Pray also for the homeschool parents and children of our church who commit to understanding the beauty and complexities of God's creation from a Christ-centered perspective. Also, remember to pray our students in college. May God protect them and enable each child to continue to grow in wisdom, knowledge and faith in Christ.
Continue to lift before God's throne of grace:
Lloyd Gross (the trials of old age),
Renata Hornberger (Huntington's Disease),
Louise Clark (loss of husband and daughter-in-law),
Marina Lodder (colon cancer),
Sue Kloosterman (Lyme's Disease)
Please send updates, praises and prayer requests to Kim Ballam at . Thank you for praying.