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Your NFC – September 6, 2013

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by Susan Ankeny

by Susan Ankeny

Yearly Meeting Representatives

One of the things that drew me into the Friends church as a young adult was the idea that the Holy Spirit can speak to us as a group, moving us forward in community to do God’s will. Over the years, I’ve seen that happen many times at our local business meetings. For the last four years I have had the privilege of representing Newberg Friends Church at business sessions at Yearly Meeting. It has been a great time of connecting with other Friends from meetings across Idaho, Washington, and Oregon. And again, I’ve seen how the Holy Spirit can work in a group to bring people of diverse backgrounds and ideas into a place of greater humility and dependence on the voice of Jesus.

In the last couple of years, Yearly Meeting representatives have been asked to participate in small “listening groups.” Here, we do not practice discussion, analysis, or debate. We do not even give advice. We simply practice listening to the experiences of our brothers and sisters in Jesus.

Sometimes this is hard. As a person with gifts of “teaching,” I want to share what I know, especially when I know more than the person talking about a topic. Or if someone has a problem, I want to help by giving advice. That is why sometimes it is good for me to practice just listening. It gives me a chance to really hear not only what my friend may be saying, but what God might be saying to me through that friend.

My experience in these listening groups has been the highlight of Yearly Meeting for me. To see how God speaks and works in people’s lives in an endless variety of ways has been comforting, encouraging, exciting, amazing. It would not have happened in the same way if I had been thinking about what I was going to say in response or trying to figure out what kind of advice to give. It has given me a new respect and love for those who shared in the small groups of which I was a part.

Proverbs 18:13 says, “He who answers before listening—that is his folly and his shame.” James 1:19 says, “My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,….” As a Yearly Meeting we are facing many challenges as we seek to be friends of Jesus to those around us. Listening well is a skill we need to help each other cultivate, so that we can both listen better to Jesus and listen better to those around us.

At our September 8 business meeting, we will have a chance to listen to/read a set of queries presented to the Yearly Meeting by the youth. These queries will help us in thoughtful self-examination in times of disagreement.

The queries are as follows:

Recognizing human imperfection, how do I strive to follow Christ’s example in the way I love and respect others? When confronted with a conflict, how do I actively show Christ with a compassionate and grace-filled heart? How am I leaving space for change? How do I value other persons when charged with their reputations, remembering that they, too, are children of God? How do I build up the individual in the light of God?

Let us gather together on September 8 ready to do business in a spirit of prayer and worship, ready to listen to God and to each other!

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Your NFC – August 16, 2013

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by Paul Frankenburger

by Paul Frankenburger

My True Companion

I am a new Quaker and really happy to have found a home in two churches—Newberg Friends and North Valley Friends. The general acceptance of women in ministry is just one of many things that causes me to say “I was born a Quaker but nobody ever told me.” Still, I am struck by the pain and angst that surrounds the “role of women” in the church. It seems the issue leads some toward rejection of scripture and an unfortunate loss of spiritual guidance. I don’t want to further fuel the gender war when I point out the harm I see being done to women and men by continuing what amounts to a distraction.

In Mark 9:35 Jesus tells us: “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Should we debate who is superior at being “least”? To “win” that argument is to lose the war and the war is spiritual. I am aware of the many passages from the Pauline epistles that some quote to prove men are not really required to believe what Jesus said. It is worth asking whether he wrote these passages as spiritual guidance or political expedience.

After being knocked flat and blinded, Jesus offered Paul an opportunity to serve him. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:6). Some offer! Fortunately for all of us, Paul accepted and this reoriented, former zealot set off to change the world, one bull-headed and contrary community at a time. They were deeply entrenched in social structures that counted women as property. Paul’s new message was the truth of Christ—Christ crucified and Christ resurrected. The hostile audiences would make anyone reluctant to incite other emotionally charged, divisive conflicts regarding things like the social status of women. What Paul knew for sure was that his message was a game changer and he knew that nothing, nothing would ever be the same again.

Did Paul conduct his ministry guided by these principles? He did not. Consider the following from 1 Corinthians 9:22, “To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” Or consider this from 3:2-3, “I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly?” Ouch! In Galatians 3:28, Paul writes “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

The less abridged story that follows is found in Acts 16. After the Holy Spirit prohibited him from preaching in Asia, Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia begging him to come over to Macedonia and help. He passed through Samothrace and Neapolis without stopping and came to Phillipi. There he found a group of women worshiping by the river. One was Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. Lydia was a business woman involved in a male-dominated profession whose customers would typically be wealthy and aristocratic. Lydia was converted, and she persuaded Paul and Silas to stay at her home. Paul and Silas were imprisoned. An earthquake broke open the prison and loosed the prisoners’ chains. They chose not to escape and were released the next day. Back at Lydia’s house, they met with the believers there, encouraged them, then left for Thessalonica. So God, in a vision, sent Paul to the women at the river in Phillipi. If that is not true then either the vision was not from God or Paul got lost. He also went to Thessalonica and Berea while in Macedonia. In both places the people he was able to persuade included significant numbers of women. Many of them were “prominent women,” those more likely to be Lydia’s customers.

About 13 years later, in prison again, Paul wrote a letter to the church in Phillipi and asked Epaphroditus, himself a Phillipian, to deliver it. In the letter Paul wrote, “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Philippians 1:3-5). The people Paul met on “the first day” were the women by the river, the ones he was sent to in a vision. In 2:3 Paul wrote “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves” and in 2:13 “for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” Paul’s concern for the welfare of the church seems to stem from the relationship between Euodia and Syntyche, whom Paul said “have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel” (4:3). He specifically requests that his “true companion,” also translated yokemate, help these women resolve their theological differences. Who is this true companion and yokemate? I believe she can only be Lydia, the first named convert in Phillipi and present on “the first day” by the river with Euodia, Syntyche, and the other women. Lydia is the one who established the Phillipian church in her own house. Unfortunately, even the fact that she was not addressed by name argues in favor of this conclusion. In 4:15 Paul writes “As you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only.” Not too surprising for the leader of a busy church who is also a merchant of purple cloth, regularly shipping and receiving products.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, in Life Together, wrote, “The more genuine and the deeper our community becomes, the more will everything else between us recede, the more clearly and purely will Jesus Christ and his work become the one and only thing that is vital between us.”

Christ’s work will be done, or not, by Christian women and men exercising spiritual gifts bestowed upon them through the grace of God. If it flourishes it will be by the power of the Holy Spirit flowing through us, revealing itself in our unconditional love for all of God’s children. Until then, the body of Christ is incomplete, the work not done, and the wound not healed. The commandments to love God and love people remain while the great commission compels us to “go.” Jesus said, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them” (John 14:21).

Love Jesus? Want to see him revealed in your life? Then express your gifts in ministering to others and fulfill your role in the body of Christ. Encourage everyone to do the same, encourage all and hinder none.


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Your NFC – August 9, 2013

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by Debby Thomas

by Debby Thomas

Ntakirutimana and I carried a heavy bag of cement from the pickup into the house, and pastor Ugiriwabo and Claude stacked the bags in the bedroom. They are going to cement their church floor soon, so they timed our trip to take advantage of the transport we could offer. We washed up out back with precious water carried in jerry cans from the river way off in the valley. After washing up we sat in Ntakirutimana and Keziya’s living room waiting to hear what they have been learning through the Discipling for Development (D for D) lessons and what they have been putting into practice in their family. But before we could ask our first question they brought out a delicious, unanticipated meal. We were each given a plate piled pyramid-high (meaning to add another cup of food would be risky) with rice, beans, tender cooking bananas, long fried sweet potatoes and a delicious isombe sauce (pounded manioc or cassava leaves) over all. We felt like royalty and thoroughly enjoyed sharing this meal together. Gaudance (my D for D teammate and our Friends Church superintendent’s wife) complimented Keziya and told her there couldn’t be a better cook even in the capital city of Kigali.

We asked what they had learned and put into practice during the seven months of lessons on marriage. They said they now take time out to talk together, and they make many financial and farming decisions together. I asked Ntakiruta what his wife’s main love languages are, and he answered directly, “words of encouragement, affectionate touch, and serving.” Keziya also knows his love languages. Their love and respect for each other is clearly evident at home or in public. This is not a typical picture of marriage in rural Rwanda! Marriages are often full of tension and strife with little relational involvement. The changes in this marriage are revolutionary in their community.


We asked what they had been learning from the financial lessons. Ntakirutimana said it was his first time to hear what the Bible had to say about finances. He said it was most helpful to understand how being in debt is not a good practice. He and Keziya wrote out a list of their various debts and have started paying them off! He also said the study on tithing convinced them to start tithing. In the past he heard teaching that tithing is an Old Testament practice and not necessary anymore. He was especially convicted by the teachings on honesty and integrity. Since then he has decided to speak the truth. He knew of a neighbor who had been poisoned and died from it and knew who did it. Although it was a hard choice he spoke up and told the truth, which led to the arrest of those responsible. They were later released on bail. They are not happy with him, but hopefully his brave action will make the whole community a safer place to live in. Please pray for Ntakirutimana and Keziya’s continued safety. Pray also that God would give them a baby.

Claude and Emerita

Claude and his wife, Emerita, are having a church wedding this July as a result of the teaching on marriage. They have been living together for years and have children, which is typical in this community. Some men won’t marry their partners because they feel it gives the women too much power. In Rwanda unmarried women have no rights to their husband’s property or even to their own children. So a marriage builds a wife up, lets her know her man is committed to her, and gives her value in the eyes of the community—and legally. Culturally, a husband will most often make decisions regarding his fields and crops and animals by himself, as he sees best. Emerita appreciates the way she and her husband talk together, work together, and now even make decisions together. Claude and his wife say their upcoming marriage is also improving relationships in their extended families. She said, “I have peace because we are together, and because I know where our money is going. My husband values my input.” I can see that her respect for him has grown. As a couple, all their goals are focused on their upcoming wedding. They are expecting about 200 guests. Claude has been working hard with others in the church to get the church floor paved before the wedding (it’s a dirt floor). Claude says this wedding will give a good testimony throughout their community—“In the Friends church we value marriage.” Claude is well respected in the community and a natural leader, so he is very busy. Their prayer request is for a great wedding and for Claude to work into his busy schedule quality time with his wife and kids. This couple is astoundingly different from the other couples around them; to see a marriage like this in the community is a sign that God is working miracles, transforming his people.

Ntakirutimana, Keziya, Claude, and Emerita are all a part of the D for D leadership team in the church of Musovu, selected to work with us. We have been meeting with them for more than three years, and we expect to see changes in the lives of these leaders. We are also beginning to see real life transformation in the lives of other church members who are being taught by these people we meet with regularly. It is exciting to see a whole community experience life transformation one small step at a time.

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Your NFC – August 2, 2013

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by Cindy Johnson coordinator of senior ministries

by Cindy Johnson
coordinator of
senior ministries

It’s hard for me to believe I have been on staff as coordinator for senior ministries for a year this month, a position the Lord opened up and has used to bless me in many ways.

John and I moved to Newberg in 1985 with two young boys—Jamie, 5, and Mark, 3—for John to teach at George Fox. I was a stay-at-home mom until the boys were in school, then began working at Friendsview Retirement Community (in what was then called the infirmary) while John was home in the evenings. Later I worked as a medical assistant and eventually took a position at Providence Newberg Hospital. All told, I worked in the medical field for 20-plus years.

Caring for young and old alike has been a huge blessing. I have found that my love for reaching out to hold a hand, pray, and walk through a difficult time is truly a gift from the Lord.

After I retired from Providence Health Systems, I had more time to spend with my grandchildren, something I had longed to do. When this position opened up I thought about applying but did not think I would qualify. But my daughter-in-law urged me to look into it. So I did, and now I enjoy the best of both worlds!

I have been truly blessed to be involved with “my” Just Older Youth—visiting, eating lunch with them, praying with them, helping hang some pictures as we visit. I listen to their concerns, whether everyday things or health matters. I listen as they tell me about their growing-up years, their recent years, and their adventures.

Even more blessings include the JOY Breakfasts (which occur on the first Monday of every month at J’s Restaurant for food and one-on-one fellowship) and the day trips that Arnie Mitchell coordinates to various locations of interest, such as the tulip festival and the bird refuge.

I also enjoy time with my teammates at our Tuesday-morning meeting and lunch. It’s such a joy to get to know each one better as we share the life of the church through prayer for the congregation and planning events.

Yes! I am truly blessed.

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Your NFC – July 26, 2013

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by Margene Haworth
by Margene Haworth

Prayer shawl? Isn’t that what a Jewish man wraps himself in when he prays? Not the kind we are talking about. A few years ago when Carol Sherwood started the Parish Nursing program at NFC it included the prayer shawl ministry. Volunteers began knitting or crocheting shawls and praying for those who would receive them. In most cases, they did not know who that might be. The shawls are kept in a special place in the church office so they are always available when needed.

Giving a prayer shawl to someone going through a tough time is a tangible way of expressing the love, concern, and prayers of the people in our church community. Being wrapped in a prayer shawl is a reminder that no matter what the circumstances, we are always wrapped in God’s arms of love.

Carol took the very first prayer shawl she made to Sally Woodyard when Sally’s husband was moved to the health center at Friendsview and her brother had just passed away. Carol felt her handiwork was not quite what she wanted it to be, so later, after becoming more skilled, she wanted to replace it with a “better” one. But Sally said, “No way!” She treasures the one given her just as it is. She keeps it on the back of her couch, and it still is a comfort to her.

There have been many expressions of appreciation from those who have received prayer shawls. We hear about some in the hospital or close to death holding their prayer shawls close. The ministry has been a far greater blessing—to those who make prayer shawls and those who receive them—than I envisioned when I first became involved. Sometimes someone who makes prayer shawls becomes a recipient. This was true for Carol when she was being treated for cancer.

Since 2009, when NFC started our prayer shawl ministry, more than 75 prayer shawls have been made by volunteers and given out to bless others. Perhaps you would like to be a part of this ministry. We have prayer shawl patterns we can share. Can’t knit or crochet? Donations of yarn can help. Three skeins of Lyon Brand Homespun yarn make a nice prayer shawl, and sometimes Fred Meyer has it on sale.

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Your NFC – July 19, 2013

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by Emily Goldberg

by Emily Goldberg

Louisa Is Known

“But now thus says the Lord, He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.’” (Isaiah 43:1)

This story blessed me so much as I watched it happen. I hope it encourages your hearts as well.

I got to have Sunday dinner with the Buerkle family recently. After our delicious meal, the grown-ups lounged around the living room, laughing and chatting. We could hear running, shouting, giggles, and the jumping off of bunkbeds coming from Inen, Jaxon, and Louisa as they played in the back bedroom.

All of a sudden two-year-old Louisa came running in to where we were, her lower lip trembling on the verge of all-out tears. She threw herself on Korie’s chest, words tumbling out urgently, too fast and toddler-spoken for me to make them out.

Korie, still looking up and laughing at something Brandon had said, smoothed back her daughter’s hair. “What’s wrong, sweetheart?”

Louisa repeated her question, more urgently, more distressed.

“What is… what is…” (start of a sob) “what is my name?”

“What is your name?” Korie looked amused and confused. “Well, what is your name?”

The tiny girl stared at her, very seriously. Tears formed.

“I t’an’t remember.”

To be honest, I giggled a little bit, just at the utter cuteness of the whole situation.

But Korie got solemn. She put her hands on her daughter’s cheeks and looked deeply into her eyes. “Your name is Louisa.”

The baby’s shoulders visibly relaxed and she smiled.

She snuggled in for a kiss and then, all distress gone, immediately dashed off to find her big brother and cousin and resume playing.

The person who loves her best had reminded her of who she was. All was well.

“…He is the one who can tell us the reason for our existence,
our place in the scheme of things, our real identity…
how we have chased around the world for answers to that riddle,
looked in the eyes of others for some hint, some clue,
hunted in the multiple worlds of pleasure and experience and self-fulfillment
for some glimpse, some revelation, some wisdom, some authority
to tell us our right name and our true destination…
but there was, and is, only One who can tell us this:
the Lord Himself…
He will whisper it to us
not in the mad rush and fever of our striving
and our fierce determination to be someone,
but rather when we are content to rest in Him,
to put ourselves into His keeping, into His hands.”

—Emilie Griffin, in her excellent book on prayer, Clinging

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Your NFC – July 12, 2013

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by Barbara Morse with Wycliffe Bible  Translators

by Barbara Morse
with Wycliffe Bible

 What does a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators do? If answering that question brings up pictures of a linguist living and working in an isolated part of the world, struggling to express the message of Scripture in a previously unwritten language, that would be correct for a lot of members. In my case, at the present time, that image needs to be altered. As a Wycliffe member now past retirement age, I’ve qualified for “reduced assignment,” which means I work part time. Because of the nature of one of my special assignments, my job location can be almost anywhere, as long as I have my laptop computer with me. My goal: to get the word out to pastors of Hispanic churches in the US and Canada about some valuable resources available on a website called Scripture Earth.

 Why would these pastors be interested? On the Scripture Earth website it is possible to find and download Scripture in around 300 languages of Latin America, including languages spoken by many who help make up the congregations of Hispanic churches north of the border. For example, a translator who worked with a certain dialect of Zapotec spoken in southern Mexico reports that about a thousand speakers of that language live in one area of Los Angeles and are part of a large Hispanic church there.

 On the Scripture Earth website, it is possible for a speaker of that language to:
  • download and print the entire New Testament or any book of it
  • listen to and/or download a recording of the New Testament
  • listen to translated portions of the Old Testament
  • download the audio New Testament to a cell phone
  • click on a link to enable them to purchase a copy of the New Testament at
    a reasonable cost
  • click on another link to view the Jesus Film in the language
  • link to a website in order to purchase a DVD or CD of the Jesus Film or
   other videos or audio and have it shipped to an address in Mexico.

 To make these translation treasures known, I’ve been searching the Internet to find e-mail or web addresses of Hispanic pastors in order to let them know of the existence of the website. My hope is that the pastors will in turn check out the website and then share these resources with those who will want to access the Scriptures in their own heart language. I feel blessed to be able to have a part in making God’s word known through the wonders of modern technology.

Barbara Morse grew up in Southern Idaho and graduated from George Fox University. After 13 years teaching in the Northwest and in South America, she began her work in Mexico in 1977 as a member of Wycliffe Bible Translators and SIL, Int’l. She has a home near the SIL offices in Tucson, AZ, where she attends NW Community Friends Church. During her annual visits to Newberg she attends Newberg Friends Church.

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Your NFC – July 5, 2013

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Steve Fawver pastor spiritual health and care

Steve Fawver
spiritual health and care

I love being part of the NFC pastoral team. What a wonderful group of people to partner with and learn from in ministry! I often have the chance to observe them in action and want to brag on them a bit. I know bragging is not something we normally are encouraged to do, but I just can’t help it—these are amazing folks! Here are a few experiences that I offer to you.

I am encouraged by:
1 — Watching Eric as he worked with a team of people to honor and affirm our graduates at Senior Salute. He lived out love as he cared for these young adults and families. Being a parent of a graduate gave me new eyes of appreciation for his ministry among us – teaching, planning, encouraging, working with volunteers, creating a safe space for youth. Eric is an amazing youth pastor.

2 — Getting regular updates from Cindy as she connects with so many senior adults in the community. I am constantly encouraged as she finds ways to listen, meet needs, and care for people—“her people,” as she says it. This is not just a saying for her but is true that “her people” really matter. She is a blessing.
3 — Observing Michelle’s heart for children though the incredible gift of VBS. I spent some time helping with registration on the first day and love the mix of organization and compassion that she has. Getting down on the level of kids to look them in the eye and say, “you matter…God loves you” just flows from her heart. She is a living example of hope among us all.

4 — Witnessing the countless hours Denise puts into so many behind-the-scenes actions that provide a solid foundation for ministry. She is so gifted in not only being able to “crunch the numbers” but also in being a warm and receptive presence when people call or drop by the office. I rely on her as a deep pool of wisdom in regard to so many areas, such as “who is connected to whom” around here.

5 — Enjoying the talents and gifts of Sherry as she knits words, phrases, and concepts together into a beautiful tapestry. You would not be reading this right now without Sherry. I cannot communicate fully the life of service and hard work she offers. “How can I help out?” is the phrase that comes flowing freely from her mouth and heart. Her heart is then connected with a keen mind, agile hands, and discerning eyes that create quality and thoughtful results. She is incredible!

6 — Being moved by the corporate worship experiences that Mauri is involved in leading and facilitating. He is a remarkable musician and worship pastor, yet he is also open and willing to invite others into the process of leadership in our community. Recently I was so blessed to see Mauri on the back pew as Nolan, Rusty, Jon, and Josh led on a Sunday morning. His heart to be a supportive presence shines clear.

7 — Benefiting from Elizabeth as she has taken the lead role these past several weeks. Her sensitivity to the Spirit and ability to hear the direction of God is such a gift to us all. I have not only appreciated this during our team meetings, but also in a meeting for clearness, business meetings, and inspired preaching. God has gifted her and I am so glad she has been called to use these gifts here at NFC.

8 — Celebrating with Gregg the gift of these months of sabbatical. I know this is not only good for him but also for our community as he is able to take time to rest and rejuvenate. I have had some “Gregg sightings” lately, and God is using this season for good in his life. I join his heart and desire for this to be a time from which he can emerge rested and ready to serve God at NFC for many years to come.

I know this pastoral team is part of a broader team of ministers in the NFC community. We are all ministers in the body of Christ. Maybe you can watch for opportunities to brag on someone else and be a voice of encouragement as you call out the specific ways they are open to the work of God in life. I love this team and love being a part of the NFC community as well. God is up to some good things in and through us all.

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Your NFC – June 28, 2013

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by Marcile Crandall

by Marcile Crandall

On Monday mornings around 9 o’clock, several cars pull into the church parking lot and ladies move toward the office conference room, focus and intent strong within them. This is the Monday morning Intercessors Prayer Group. As we gather and read through the list of current prayer requests, which is our task of the morning, we also catch up on the welfare of one another—joys and disappointments, prayer concerns we bring, and reports on prayers answered. Then as the Spirit quiets us, we sit until one begins, with praise and thankfulness and the business at hand: interceding for the requests made on Sunday community cards and through personal contact.

Intercessors Prayer Group was formed in the mid-1980s as part of a family weekend experience here at NFC. This was shortly after I joined the pastoral team, so I had the privilege of being part of this beginning. It was a time for me, one of the younger ones, to sit with women who were experienced in following Jesus longer than I had been alive. I was their apprentice. These women had walked long roads of obedience to Christ that had taken them to India, to Africa; single mothers with little ones to raise alone, women who faithfully cared for family and worked in the church. All had forged strong touchpoints that made them confident of God’s faithfulness and the power of intercessory prayer. I sat with them, gaining boldness in prayer and learning how to praise God in all things.prayers

Time passed and many of these saints are now around the throne of God, holding the golden bowls of prayer before the Father. Others have moved into the gap, continuing the serious, joyful business of interceding for the needs and concerns of the people and friends of our church. This is serious work as we pray for the specific concerns shared and also for the staff and special needs of our church community, the children and young people, for marriages, for those out of work, for illness and medical crisis. We are still apprentices, yearning to be the followers of Christ in this world…

…“preaching the good news to the poor,
proclaiming freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

All are invited to join us, with the only requirements being the commitment to confidentiality and the desire to serve Christ by helping carry the burdens of his people through prayer.

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