Prayer has always been a cornerstone of the North Hills congregational life. Every Sunday there’s the opportunity to share aloud or in your heart intercessory prayer for anyone needing the special warmth of the touch of God’s hand, or to celebrate prayers answered and praises due. We also email names lifted up to the entire North Hills family.
“All were united in their devotion to prayer…” Acts 1: 14a
During our current sermon series “SEVEN WORDS: Listening to Christ from the Cross” we encourage everyone to dedicate some time on Monday every week to pray this prayer for God’s leadership through the Holy Spirit.
“Come, Lord Jesus, make us aware of your words from the cross as you sacrificed your life for our sins. May we lean in to hear what you are saying to us today in our world of unrest, untrust, injustice, and hopelessness. May we be a light to those who need to hear a message of hope and justice from us. May we be guided by the Holy Spirit as we seek to share your love and forgiveness with a world that is often unforgiving and unloving. Give us insight into where you would have us go and what you would have us do as your disciples. AMEN.”
North Hills also features an outside prayer labyrinth that can be used for meditation or guided prayer.
TAKE THE 8:46 PRAYER CHALLENGE
Join us as we pray at the request of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, praying every day at 8:46 am and 8:46 pm for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, the time the neck of George Floyd was under a knee.
An’ I could hear nobody pray
I couldn’t hear nobody pray
O Lord O way down yonder by myself
An’ I couldn’t hear nobody pray
Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray,
African American Spiritual
I can’t help but ask, “Is anybody praying? Is anybody listening??”
Months ago, we woke to a brokenness at the heart of us. A truth our brothers and sisters of color knew only too well. But the nation woke up and discovered this is who we are, this taint, this sin, this hate and division. Is anybody praying? Is anybody listening?
When the lies boiled over into violence, we recoiled in horror at the act. “This isn’t who we are,” some claimed. But those who sang that they “couldn’t hear nobody pray” knew it was. And know it is . . . who we are. That isn’t really the questions, is it, God of yesterday, today, and tomorrow?
The question must be, “Is it who we will continue to be?” Or as the poet Amanda Gorman told us:
If we’re to live up to our own time,
then victory won’t lie in the blade,
but in all the bridges we’ve made.
That is the promise to glade, the hill we climb, if only we dare.
It’s because being American is more than a pride we inherit.
It’s the past we step into and how we repair it.
(Amanda Gorman, “The Hill We Climb,”
Presidential Inaugural Poem, January 20, 2021.)
Is anybody praying? Is anybody listening? Are we? Am I?
Derek C. Weber, February 2021
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