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Holy communion is celebrated on the first, third and fifth Sundays of the month.

“I will pray for my church leaders.” This is the 4th of 6 chapters in the book, “I Am A Church Member”. We often get so caught up in our own lives that we forget about the groups we belong to especially the Church. The Church is the only group we belong to that will literally last into eternity. To have a healthy functioning church that is doing God’s will, it has to have healthy functioning leaders.

The main bible passage that lays out the qualifications for pastors and lay leaders (called deacons in the Bible) is 1 Timothy 3. Take some time to read that chapter and think about those qualifications. Especially the end of verse 7, “that he (the pastor) may not fall into disgrace and into a snare of the devil”. Think about that. The devil lays traps to try to trip up the leadership of your congregation. In 1 Peter 5:8 the devil is pictured as a roaring lion looking for someone to devour, he doesn’t just roar, he also sets traps. If a leader in the church can be tripped up or ensnared in a scandal the whole church and the individuals in it all suffer. Many recent news stories have shown the damaging effect on people and ministries when leaders are tripped up and fall into sin. If their families are harmed or ill or caught up in trouble of any kind it distracts the leader, and the work and well-being of the congregation suffer. So pray for Pastor Ramon and myself and for the lay leaders of our congregation.

Even the best and most talented leader is only human, with many great strengths but also many flaws and weaknesses. They struggle with a sinful human nature just like everyone else. They need prayers for God’s strength and protection and sup-ply. If the devil and our own sinful nature are working against God and the Church who works for it? Jesus does. And you do.

When I visit sick or homebound members, they occasionally tell me with sadness how they don’t feel able to serve Jesus and His Church like they once did. I always ask them to pray for me. Prayer is just another way of saying, “I’ll talk to God about it”. Pray for protection and good health for the pastor and his family. The pastors and leaders of our congregation have to make many decisions in any given week. Most of these decisions call for insight and wisdom. Talk to God about it and ask Him to give increasing wisdom and in-sight and love to our pastors, leaders and their families. James 5:16 says clearly, “pray for one another”. Prayer is one of the ways we express our dependence on God and our trust that He can and will act. He loves to hear from us and promises to hear and attend to our needs.

As a Christian and a member of a church you are different than the world at large. You have not been saved and made a member of a God’s Church simply to further your own preferences and desires. You are part of a church to serve God and your neighbor. One great way to do both is to pray for your leaders and their families. “To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints – Ephesians 6:18”

Peace,

Pastor Andrew