The United Methodist Church and the First Presbyterian Church in South Charleston have formed a Prayer Initiative for the South Charleston Community. We invite you to join us in this Initiative beginning Sunday, May 17th. Our community, our state, our nation and the world is undergoing challenging times and prayer is a powerful force to assist us in overcoming the trials we face. Each week we will pray the corresponding prayer listed below at 12:00 noon. When you hear the church bells peal that will be your cue to pray. Below are the prayers for the next four Sundays. Please pray with us! If you would like to pray each prayer every day for a week at 12:00 noon please do so!! Thank you for praying for our community!

Sunday, May 17th

Gracious God you have said, be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid; and don’t be discouraged, for you will be with us wherever we go” (Joshua 1:9). Thus, we can always have hope, no matter what we are going through, as you are the God of hope who fills us with all joy and peace as we trust in you (Romans 15:13). Amen.

Sunday, May 24th

Almighty God, because of your great love, when we pass through the waters you are with us, when we walk through the fire, we are not set ablaze (Isaiah 43). Therefore, we know that your compassions never fail – they are new every morning. As such, great is your faithfulness. You are good to those who hope in you and seek you (Lamentations 3:22-25). We can rest assured in your promises that when we draw near to you, you draw near to us (James 4:8), and that you will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). Amen.

Sunday, May 31st

Loving and merciful God, we know your plans for us are good (Jeremiah 29:11). And for those who love you, all the circumstances in our lives, both good and bad, are used for our good and for your glory (Romans 8:28). Thus, we need not be afraid, nor discouraged. We thank you for your constant presence (Joshua 1:9) and as the God of hope, we ask that you would fill us with joy and peace as we put our trust in you (Romans 15:13). Amen.

Sunday, June 7th

Heavenly Father, as the God of hope, thank you for filling us with joy and peace as we trust in you. As we do so, by the power of the Holy Spirit, may our hope overflow and spill out on to others, encouraging them during these difficult times (Romans 15:13). Amen.

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