Like churches all around the globe we about to enter Holy Week. Here are the strategic things we are asking our local church to be praying for each day. Join us and/or come up with the things your church can pray for!
Saturday – Pray that the Easter Egg hunts, for each campus, may draw new families to the church.
Sunday – Praise the Lord this Palm Sunday that Jesus resolutely faced his death for us.
Monday – Pray for friends or family members you hope to invite to the Easter service.
Tuesday – Pray for the Children’s Ministry workers serving Easter morning.
Wednesday – Pray for Pastor Steve as he completes his message “It’s Friday Night but Sunday’s Coming.”
Thursday – Pray for the Worship Team and Choir as they rehearse for Sunday.
Friday – Pray that the Spirit of the Lord would be powerfully with us at our Good Friday services (Syosset and Manhasset, 6pm and 7:30pm).
Saturday – Pray that the Gospel message will be clearly delivered and that many will begin their journey of faith on Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday Morning – Praise the Lord that Jesus is Risen; THIS CHANGES EVERTHING!
We are enjoying having my Mom and Dad with us for Christmas this year. We enjoyed Christmas Eve service at Shelter Rock Church, then had payaya at our favorite Spanish restaurant, and went to watch a movie. Christmas day was spent at home. And the day after Christmas we went into NYC to watch the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes, followed by a walk up 5th Avenue, through Central Park, and a stop in Times Square.
Monday Adriana and I celebrated our 19th anniversary. We had lunch at Red Lobster in Times Square then visited The Hunger Games Exhibition, which was a really neat behind-the-scenes look at how the story was developed and filmed, and also included many of the costumes from the movie sets. In the evening we had the privilege of going to the very exclusive The Rainbow Room on the 65h floor of Rockefeller Center, thanks to the generosity of a friend. We very much enjoyed listening to Max Weinberg (longtime drummer for Bruce Springstein and the E Street Band, and former band leader on Late Night with Conan O’Brien) and his orchestra. He was kind enough to come over and chat with us a bit and wished us a Happy Anniversary. What a very nice gentleman.
In an effort to express our faith in and dependance on God, to be more intentional about praying specifically for one another, and to grow in encouragement this year, I came up with the idea to create Prayer and Encouragement Journals for each member of our family. The idea is simple. Whenever we feel led to pray for or share an encouraging word with one another, in addition to expressing our care verbally, each person is invited to write their prayer or word of encouragement in the journal of the person they are thinking about and praying for. My hope is that these books will be a way for us deepen our heart-to-heart connections, and that as we read them, the journals will serve as a resource to uplift, inspire, and infuse us with hope. Maybe you’d like to do something similar in your home this year.