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For the week of September 27

Devotion - Pray Without Ceasing

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


Paul’s encouragement to the Thessalonians is much more than encouragement. It’s a command: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Sometimes, it is difficult to rejoice or to give thanks. I believe that when we cannot find the strength or the heart to rejoice or give thanks, our community stands by us and stands for us, lifting us up even when we falter. This is true of prayer also. There are times when we cannot find the words or the energy to pray. As Paul says in his letter to the Romans, we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit helps us in our weakness, interceding with groans too deep for words (my translation). The community, too, plays a vital role in prayer. While we often think of prayer in individual terms, prayer is essential for community life also. This Sunday, we will be reflecting on the importance of prayer for our community. Join us as we continue studying wisdom for life in the book of James, and focus on what it means to be a praying community.


Song: Cast My Cares On You, Finding Favor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKuAMmTqUbs


In our lives: Have you ever put a puzzle together only to find one piece missing? This is an image that is often used to depict congregational life. Each person is important for this body of Christ. But, turn the picture around for a minute. Imagine that puzzle as the puzzle to your heart. Is there a piece missing? Community with our brothers and sisters in Christ is an essential piece of our hearts and lives. Praying together as a community is an essential piece. This week, let us consider the holes that we may have in our hearts or our lives and how God is seeking to fill them.

Brief Congregational Meeting

Immediately following worship Sunday, there will be a congregational meeting for the purposes of electing a nominating committee.

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Handprints

On World Communion Sunday, our congregation will worship with the congregations of Smyrna Presbyterian and Conyers Presbyterian. As a symbol of unity in worship between these congregations, we are working on a special project. We need a hand with this project! Please use the color paper insert found in this Sunday's bulletin and trace your hand in the center. You may write your name, a prayer, or special note in regard to World Communion. After worship, please leave your handprint in your pew or give it to an usher. This is an exciting time for our congregations to come together as the body of Christ!

World Communion Sunday

Sunday, October 4th

We will be having a joint worship service here at PCR to celebrate World Communion Sunday.

Stay tuned for more information about our celebration with the Body of Christ.

Save the Date

The next congregational dinner will be October 11th following worship.

The Kitchen Class

Our topic for conversation/discussion this Sunday will be "Let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith" (Galatians 6:10.) All are welcome to join us each Sunday as we seek to grow in fellowship with one another and strengthen our Christian faith.

Prayer Concerns

Please be in prayer this week for:


Marilyn Gladue

Brenda Slade, radiation

Jane McMillian

Carleen Corry, recovering from surgery

Margaret Lambert, recovering from surgery

Jean Ghee

Emilie Breeding, Jan Staples’ niece, complications following childbirth, baby is doing well

The family of Kelly Stewart, friend of the Wallace’s, upon her death, dealing with the grief of having lost their second child

Ansel Philp, brother of Marjorie Potter, recovering from shoulder surgery for cancerous growth

Debra, Faye Kitchens’ daughter, skin cancer

Tracy Mask, friend of Carrell Kalland, radiation for a brain tumor

Badertscher family, friends of Carrell Kalland, multiple health concerns in the family

Ronald Richardson, son-in-law of Phillip and Betty Williams, health concerns

Stan Stokes, friend of Mike Sager, recovering from bladder cancer

Lillie Curry, aunt of Brenda Gales, diagnosed with colon cancer

Sandra Hancoch, friend of Margaret Lambert, chemo for breast cancer

Elise Hunt, friend of the Corry's in rehab recovering from broken hip

Florine Wade, Linda Moon’s mother, rehab due to a fall

Karen Smith, friend of Margaret Lambert, fighting cancer

Gail Walker, friend of Wallaces, chronic migraines

Sonya, niece of Kenneth Jenkins, fighting breast cancer

Doug Switzer’s daughter, friend of Mike Sager, diagnosed with melanoma

Debra Reeves, friend of Mike Sager, diagnosed with breast cancer

Bob Long, Mary Wallace's brother, on cancer drug and having dialysis

Dot, Faye Kitchens’ sister-in-law, recovering from a stroke

Jay Morgan, nephew of Dan Morgan, Stage 4 cancer

Rev. Penny Hill, cancer treatment

Mollye, relative of Mary Scheaffer, stopping medical intervention

Mya, student of Courtni Mitchell, undergoing chemotherapy

Our neighbors in need who have received food from PCR’S Food Pantry

Shut Ins: Freeman Barber, Gloria Blankenship, Iris Cleland, Louise Hanekamp, Doris Kirby, Jane McMillian, Ray Morgan, Emelyn Sexton, Evelyn Spivey, Hope Woodruff

We give our Christian Love and Sympathy to: To the family and friends of Jay Pruehs

About PCR

Sunday School- 9:45 a.m.

Worship- 11:00 a.m.

We are a welcoming, caring congregation, strong in fellowship and faithfully committed to worshiping God. Traditional in organization and open in worship, our mission is to share the love of God by serving our neighbors, whether we meet them around the corner or around the world.