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A Prayer Story From Diana Farrell

My earliest memories of an unscripted prayer life were as a teenager. I used to have long rambling conversations with God about everything and nothing. I was raised on a farm, and some of my tasks gave me a great deal of time alone. I spent it babbling at God as I would with any other companion.
 
Later I would learn many styles of prayer. Prayer following the example of the Lord’s Prayer, memorized prayer, silent prayer, prayer of intercession, praying through the scriptures, and what was affectionately referred to by one pastor, the lightning prayer.
 
I have for a very long time been intrigued by the directive given in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to pray without ceasing. What did that mean? How could I possibly pull it off?
 
A few years ago my brother-in-law, Michael, introduced me to a pair of books, The Way of a Pilgrim and The Pilgrim Continues His Way, written by an anonymous pilgrim and translated by R. M.  French. I think it described best what it meant to pray without ceasing. I will paraphrase the author’s words here. “You are a servant in the king’s court, and although you are going about your own tasks, you are always peripherally aware that the king is in the room and on the throne.”
 
I find value in every type of prayer, and I find I am more inclined to one style or to another based on the season of my life. I don’t think it matters how I pray as long as I am always aware of the King’s presence in the room and on the throne.


Choral Evensong at FPC Tacoma on October 30

Join us Sunday, October 30 at 6:00 p.m. at “Tacoma’s Cathedral” (First Presbyterian Church) as we celebrate the beautiful prayer service of Choral Evensong—meditations and music at the close of the day. Help us initiate a new South Sound tradition. Some regard Evensong as one of the most beautiful and prayerful services in the liturgical tradition, especially as celebrated in cathedrals. Evensong, a “prayer as night falls,” expands the form of daily Evening Prayer and includes the offerings of our Chancel Singers. With elements of both Evening Prayer and Compline, the service of Evensong includes congregational hymns, choral chants and anthems, scripture readings, and prayers, all celebrated in the candlelit wonder of one of Tacoma’s great architectural treasures. You’ll be transported by the ethereal music of our choral Evensong in our beautiful, soaring Romanesque sanctuary with its unique acoustics and jewel-like stained glass rose windows, a feast for the ears, eyes and soul.
 
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As you pray Evensong with us, you will become aware of the uniqueness of the present moment and the experience of “sacred time.” Evensong is a deep encounter with God’s beauty, a rite at the close of the day poised between light and darkness, and a Sunday-night music-rich observance, which will become part of your weekly natural rhythm of prayerful, Spirit-filled reflection. The qualities of peace and calm repose that follow from the recitation of the last of the great monastic daily offices will become a sacred moment and meditation— a refuge from the hectic world of school or work—as it has for so many others throughout the centuries. Hear the beautiful words of the service, centuries old and ever new, and the contemplative music that brings these words to life. Come with prayerful heart, ready to embrace the stillness that knows God’s presence and the “quiet night and perfect end.” Leave renewed with a still and peaceful heart for the week to come and the night ahead.
 
This is a unique treasure for Tacoma and the South Sound area. Don’t miss it!


Differing Perspectives of Week 5’s Verses—Electronic Version of the Book

Here are the links for Week 5’s verses (for the electronic version of the book) as presented in six alternate versions of the Bible. Hopefully, these reference sources will enhance your understanding of each devotion’s scriptural foundation.
 
Date Oct. 10 Oct. 11 Oct. 12 Oct. 13 Oct. 14
Passage Hebrews 4:16 Matthew 7:9-11 1 John 5:14-15 Philippians 4:6-7 2 Corinthians 12:7-9
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40-Day Prayer Challenge Week 5 Begins on October 10—Electronic Version of the Book

The associated topics and Bible passages for Week 5 for the electronic version of the book are shown below:
 
Oct. 10: Asking for Ourselves (Hebrews 4:16)
 
Oct. 11: Asking for Good Things (Matthew 7:9-11)
 
Oct. 12: Getting What We Ask For (1 John 5:14-15)
 
Oct. 13: The Cure for Anxiety (Philippians 4:6-7)
 
Oct. 14: When God Says “No” (2 Corinthians 12:7-9)
 
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Differing Perspectives of Week 5’s Verses—Printed Version of the Book

Here are the links for Week 5’s verses (for the printed version of the book) as presented in six alternate versions of the Bible. Hopefully, these reference sources will enhance your understanding of each devotion’s scriptural foundation.
 
Date Oct. 10 Oct. 11 Oct. 12 Oct. 13 Oct. 14
Passage Genesis 3:8 1 Thessalonians 5:17 John 10:27 Ephesians 6:18 Matthew 6:6
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New International (NIV) Link Link Link Link Link
King James (KJV) Link Link Link Link Link
Contemporary English (CEV) Link Link Link Link Link
The Message (MSG) Link Link Link Link Link
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40-Day Prayer Challenge Week 5 Begins on October 10—Printed Version of the Book

The associated topics and Bible passages for Week 5 for the printed version of the book are shown below:
 
Oct. 10: Prayer as Conversation with God (Genesis 3:8)
 
Oct. 11: Living Prayerfully (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
 
Oct. 12: Hearing from Heaven (John 10:27)
 
Oct. 13: Praying the Ordinary (Ephesians 6:18)
 
Oct. 14: A Private Meeting with the Father (Matthew 6:6)
 
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New Members Class

NEW MEMBERS CLASS

Saturday, October 22nd 9:00am-1:00pm Gold Room

Light Lunch Served/Childcare available with RSVP

Are you interested in becoming a member of our congregation? Do you have questions about what it means to be a Presbyterian? Then this class is just for YOU!!!  Come with your questions for Pastor Eric and learn about what it means to be a member of our church community. RSVP through the church office at 253-272-3286 or email Karen Ackerson at kackerson@fpctacoma.org

 



Lydia Fellowship…All Ladies Welcome!

LYDIA FELLOWSHIP

Tuesday October 18th 12:00pm Held at the home of Dorothy Hayden

Marge Warner will serve as co-hostess.  Please bring a sack lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided.  We will continue our DVD series on prayer. All women interested in a wonderful Fellowship time are invited.  Carpooling is available. Call Rita Martin, 253-472-0973.

 



2nd Wednesday Potluck

2ND WEDENSDAY POTLUCK

Wednesday, October 12th at 6:00pm Fellowship Hall

Join us for our monthly Wednesday night potluck! Spend an evening sharing stories and fellowship with others in our church. For those so inclined, we will end with a brief time for announcements or prayer requests that people may want to share. Please bring either soup, salad, entree, or dessert to share as well as beverages for your own family. Because of allergies within our church, please don’t bring anything with nuts, and label anything that contains gluten. For more information, contact Richard Shepard – rshepard42796@gmail.com.

 



Shaping the Culture: The Call of Every Disciple (October 19)

As Christians, we have been blessed in order to be a blessing to others.  We can do this directly through the mission and ministries of the local church and we can do this through having a positive impact on the wider culture.  Join us for an evening of learning and worship as we look at what it means to shape and engage culture as disciples of Jesus Christ in the South Puget Sound. Pastors Eric Jacobsen (First Presbyterian Church), Bo Noonan (New Community Church) and Bubba Jennings (Resurrection Church) will each be speaking on different aspects of what it means to shape culture and fulfill our call as disciples.  The topics will include:
 
Shaping the Culture of Your Neighborhood (Eric Jacobsen)
Connecting Your Job to God’s Work of Redemption (Bo Noonan)
God’s Story and Our Story (Bubba Jennings)
 
The event is free and will be hosted at 7:00 pm on October 19 at Resurrection Church at 918 Division Ave, Tacoma, WA.
 
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