Friday Greetings — August 17

Dear Centenary friends,

Once upon a time, a long time ago, in a land not so far away (when I was a 27 year old associate pastor at Jarvis Memorial in Greenville), a church member threw a Sunday School costume party to which I was invited.  I decided to go as a Fairy Godmother, so I procured my costume at a local party store, secured the sparkling tiara to my head, and began to practice waving my magic wand.   But things did not go as planned - far from it.  I'd imagined that people would take my costume choice as the light-hearted, fairy tale spoof I'd intended; but because they knew who I was and what I did, when I waved my magic wand and offered them three wishes, they took me seriously.  "I wish my Dad would be healed of his cancer"..."I wish that my wife and I could finally have a baby"..."I wish my parents would not get divorced."  Half an hour into the party, I took off my tiara, and laid down my wand.  Though I'd asked them for wishes, they'd given me prayers - and only God can answer prayer.  Which is exactly where we find ourselves in this weekend's Old Testament Lesson, as God offers King Solomon the prayer request of his dreams.  We can find it all right there waiting for us in the continuing drama of First Kings.

So, come to worship scripturally prepared!  This Sunday's Bible readings are 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 and John 6:1-58.  Read both passages, and then ask yourself Three Questions:  What would you request if God offered you one opportunity to ask, and assured you that your prayer request would be fulfilled?  Have you ever lifted a prayer request to the Lord, gotten exactly what you prayed for - and then wished you hadn't?  Has God ever answered your prayers with more and better than you could ever have asked or imagined?

Opportunities to pray and see prayers answered come to us day by day; but there's no better time to celebrate the One who alone hears and answers prayer, than when we're together in worship.  See you on Sunday!

Grace and Peace in Christ our Lord,

Pastor Susan