Church of the Brethren
Prayer Calendar for the Season of Ordinary Time 2012
Prayers for the month of September
September 2 (Labor Day)
It is easy to think of our work as a curse simply because of the pronouncements after the fall
recorded in Genesis. Yet, early in those days God included humanity in the creative process by
granting us the ability to name the animals. God continues to invite us into the work of
transformation and recreation. Thank God this week for the many opportunities to take part in
mission and work of redemption.
September 9 (OEP Board)
This week as the On Earth Peace board begins to meet hold each one in prayer as they travel and as
they discern how to be witnesses to God's peace. Pray for each member of the OEP staff as they live
into new leadership and new visions for the organization together.
September 16 (Bethany Sunday)
Receiving a call, whether to local congregational leadership or to the set apart ministry, is easy.
Living into those implications, however, often takes a life time. Pray for those within your
congregation who have accepted the call and ask for the wisdom to encourage those whose gifts are
needed in the church. Give thanks for those ministers who dedicate their time and energy to grow
into their vocation within the church.
Peace is a regular part of our vocabulary as Brethren. Sometimes it is used so often that it is hard to
know just what it means or even looks like. Conflict, war, abuse, pain, and brokenness however are
easy to identify. Pray this week for the obvious cases of fallenness in our time and ask for the Spirit's
wisdom to know what Christ's peace looks like in those specific situations.
Those who study the brain say that there is no such thing as multi-tasking or doing multiple things at
the same time. In fact, our brain switches focus several times a second to complete the many tasks.
This week, take a look at how you spend your time in prayer. Each day, try to add a minute of silence
to your prayer time, free of distractions like phone calls, computers, or other people. What comes to
your mind in those times of silence? Since prayer is a conversation, what is God saying?
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18