Prayer is an essential part of our walk with God and with our church community at Grace.
It is God’s desire that we “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thess. 5:17)
Through prayer God connects to us and then we connect to each other. If you would like to request prayer or pray for each other, click here.
The Stephen’s Leaders from Grace have returned from the Stephen Series Leader Training Course in St. Louis. Before long, Grace will be training members to be Stephen Ministers for our congregation. If you are interested in begin a Stephen Minister talk to Cindy Anderson, Jim Hobbs or Sara Oehlert.
People often ask, “What exactly is a Stephen Minister?” One way to put it is that Stephen Ministers are the After People.
Stephen Ministers are the After People. They are ready to come alongside you—or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives—and provide comfort and support for as long after as needed.
Stephen Ministers are there:
. . . after the phone call you hoped you’d never get.
. . . after the funeral, when everyone has left and the emotions you’ve held at bay come crashing in on you.
. . . after the relationship falls apart and the bottom falls out of your life.
. . . after the doctor says, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more we can do.”
. . . after the nursing home director shakes your hand and says, “Welcome to your new home.”
. . . after the last child honks the horn, waves, and drives away—and the house suddenly seems empty.
. . . after the gavel comes down, the handcuffs go on, and your loved one is led away.
. . . after the baby arrives, demanding more of you than you ever dreamed possible.
. . . after you and a pink slip with your final paycheck.
. . . after your family and friends have heard your story one too many times, but you still need to talk it out.
Let us pray. Compassionate Lord, You walked the earth to bring the Good News of God’s love to all. You showed us by example how to love and care for one another. Make known to us your caring presence as we begin Stephen Ministry in our congregation. Help us to hear your call to service and witness. May this caregiving ministry be one way in which we touch the lives and hearts of others within our congregation. Reveal to us your presence as we care and serve. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.