Praying in the Middle of Senseless Tragedies

When we hear about yet another random act of violence, our first response is usually to pray away the pain or pray that this will never happen again. But how can we pray beyond the fear and shock, beyond the most obvious needs, for the issues of the Kingdom?

Hopefully, some of the following points will be a springboard for your prayers in the wake of tragedies that defy human understanding and are becoming more and more frequent.

Praise

Though it is difficult, start with praise. Focus on God’s character.

  • Praise God that He is sovereign, that He has ultimate control over it all, and that nothing takes Him by surprise (Is. 45:5-7).
  •  Petition/Intercession
  • Ask God to use this situation to bring unprecedented spiritual openness to people affected by the tragedy, and ask Him to show His face to them.
  • Ask God to bless the ministry that will be thrust upon the church(es) or community affected by the tragedy. Ask Him to empower them with a powerful witness when they are called upon to speak about or reflect on the situation.
  • Ask God to stand against the enemy’s attempts to make families experience unresolved anger or guilt over the loss of loved ones.
  • Ask God to focus the minds of public officials on the need for prayer and to provide people who will continue to pray for the situation.
  • Ask God to equip leaders who will be called upon to mentor and minister to people in the aftermath of tragedy (Heb. 13:20-21).
  • Ask God—for yourself and others—for a passion and love for Christ that drives out fear (1 Jn. 4:18).
  • Thanksgiving
  • Thank God that the enemy has made a tactical error since persecution/trial has always strengthened the Church, and that God will use for good what Satan has intended for harm (Gen. 50:20-21).
  • Thank God for the people who will be drawn to seek God’s face because the overwhelming nature of the tragedy leaves them nowhere else to turn (Jon. 2:1-9).
  • Thank God for a vivid reminder of your own mortality and vulnerability, asking Him to prepare your heart and spirit for a faithful response when you are faced with tragedy personally.
  • In the case of martyrs: thank God for the blood of martyred victims, whose number will reveal God’s ultimate glory (see Rev. 6:9).  It’s time to pack those shoe boxes again! Locate a shoebox (cardboard or plastic)’ fill with a special toy and then smaller toys, hygiene items and school supplies. NEW THIS YEAR is a custom restriction on candy and toothpaste. Include $9.00 for shipping for each box (or go online to pay shipping and to opt to track your box). Label the appropriate gender and age of the child, and bring them to the church no later than Nov 13th. Don’t forget to pray for the box recipients and maybe include a letter or picture of your family as well. Brochures are located on the ministry table in the hall.LOV Ladies Night at Janet’s Thursday, Oct 12 7:00 pm Bring the family to Lynden Skateway at 1:00 and leave at will. Skate rental under 5 years of age is $5.00 and 6 and above is $7.00. There is an extra $2 charge for in-line. You can also rent helmets for $4 and when they are returned receive $2 back. Pay when you arrive to skate or join us at a table for a game and fellowship.LOV Coffee Saturday Oct 28 at 9:00  
  • Events Happening This Week
  • This is a time to meet some of the ladies who have started attending Victory in the last year; and also an opportunity for ladies who are new to be introduced to Women’s ministry teams; such as leadership and H2H (Heart to Heart) Partners. Come any enjoy the fellowship and refreshments.
  • VCF All Skate and Game Day at Lynden Skateway Oct 22 1:00-4:00
  • Crochet and Knitting night. Bring your project; learn to crochet or knot or just come for fellowship. Bring a finger food to share. 8170 Telegraph Rd, Everson Any questions? Call Janet @360 220-4784
  • Operation Christmas Child
  • New This Week
  • By Sandra Higley and Lani Hinkle. Pray! Magazine, Issue 15, 1999. Posted with permission at prayerleader.com

THURSDAY

LOV Bible Study The Commands of Christ by Tom Blackaby 9:30-11:30

Join us at Ruth’s 314 B C Ave for a time of study and prayer. Books available at the study for $9.00 Please see Nancy D if you have any questions.

Thursday Walk-in Prayer 1-5pm in Ruth’s home

314 S. BC Ave. Pray about anything on your heart! The door is open! If you are willing to be a part of passionate prayer for prodigals, please e-mail Ruth at rnrleon50@msn.com.  You can call her at 354-2341.

Worship Rehearsal @6:00 at Ministry Center

Office Volunteer Needed Thursdays from 10:00-12:00

This person would print the bulletin and any inserts necessary and send out the v-news weekly. There would be a couple of other miscellaneous duties as well.  If you are interested or have questions please contact Nancy Dupre 319-9326.

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Saturday Morning: October 7th Prayer as a Priority!

We meet the first, third and fifth Sunday of every month at 7AM, here in the Ministry Center

Men’s Breakfast October 7 at 8:00am

Grab a friend and your sons and come for an encouraging man sized breakfast with the Men of Victory.  David Ellingson will answers questions like;

Why would a surveyor know why there are snow load requirements in Nairobi, Kenya?

Why would it be more cost effective to look for cooling equipment from an ice rink when setting corner monuments in Haiti?

When designing and staking for construction a refugee camp for 10,000 people in Albania, it is always good to:

  1. Hope the authorities don’t change the requirements to 25,000 the next day.     B. When they do change the requirements the day after you turn in your 10,000 plans, you redraw your re-plan and hope they don’t change requirements again.
  2. When they do change three more times you – come Sat morning to find out.

When pursuing what God is directing you to do, some surprising events may make life invigorating.

Cost is only $5 or if funds are tight come as our guest.

SUNDAY

Sunday Volunteers

 

 

Nursery

 

 

Pre-2nd

 

 

 3rd-5th

 

October 8

Marlae

Jonathon

 

Shannon

Kellyn

 

Cathy

Julian

 

 

October 15

Lesa

Hannah

 

Deb

Jacob

 

Terry

Andrew

 

 

October 22

Ramona

Jonathon

 

Lorna

Kellyn

 

Doug T

Ben

 

Greeters Stockmans and Vern

 

D/L Clarks and Tina

 

Burdens and Gabe

 

Scripture Issha

 

Mollie

 

Tina

 

Community Prayer John K

 

Janet

 

Tony

 

Fellowship JoAnne D and Helen E Lorna and Alean Mollie and Enid
Youth Snacks

 

Margaret Burden

Oct 9

Betty Hillis

Oct 16

Nancy Dupre

Oct 23

Next New Way Meal Nov 14th 5:15-6:00 Needed- Sign-up sheet is on the ministry table Tina, Nancy D,
 

 

 

Ministry Night 6:00-7:30.

Three Community Groups currently meet here at the ministry center every Sunday evening: Non Scary Ways to Share Your Faith (Ramona and Pastor Jim), Alpha, Doug T and Greg M) and Community: Starting Well Emmet and Nancy ). Childcare is provided.

MONDAY

Youth Group 7:00-9:00

We have a joint High School and Middle School group that meets Monday nights at the Ministry Center. We share a time of joint worship, activity and teaching; followed by small groups, determined by age. Have questions? Call Pastor Will @ 360-223-8309

TUESDAY

Tuesday Walk-in Prayer 1-5pm in Ruth’s home

314 S. BC Ave. Pray about anything on your heart! The door is open! If you are willing to be a part of passionate prayer for prodigals, please e-mail Ruth at rnrleo50@msn.com.  You can call her at 354-2341.

WEDNESDAY

Community Group-Hebrews

This study meets at Paulson’s this week only 1084 Ridgeway, Lynden and is led by Chad 360-656-6691.

Bulletin Deadline 2:00

Save the Dates for These Upcoming Events

LOV Ladies Night at Janet’s Thursday, Oct 12 7:00 pm

Crochet and Knitting night. Bring your project; learn to crochet or knot or just come for fellowship.  Bring a finger food to share.  8170 Telegraph Rd, Everson  Any questions? Call Janet @360 220-4784

Men’s Fish Camp October 12-14

​Pick up your registration on ministry table. The daily cost is $45 per day.

Join us this year as we embark on a great fishing adventure into the wild region on the upper Harrison River in Canada!  Have you ever caught a 20 lb. salmon?  Here’s your chance! Even if you have never fished, you will have success and be an accomplished fisherman after this exciting trip.

VCF joins 4 other churches as we pool together to provide basic camping and covered areas for eating and telling stories, lots of quality food, and a spiritual emphasis and devotion each evening as we tie up gear for the next day and tell our whoppers, but true fishing stories.

You can come for the whole trip or simply come for a day or two.  Whatever fits in your schedule. Cost: $45 a day. See Pastor Jim or Pastor Will for sign up.

VCF All Skate and Game Day at Lynden Skateway Oct 22 1:00-4:00

Bring the family to Lynden Skateway at 1:00 and leave at will. Skate rental under 5 years of age is $5.00 and 6 and above is $7.00.  There is an extra $2 charge for in-line.  You can also rent helmets for $4 and when they are returned receive $2 back.  Pay when you arrive to skate or join us at a table for a game and fellowship.

LOV Coffee Saturday Oct 28 at 9:00

This is a time to meet some of the ladies who have started attending Victory in the last year; and also an opportunity for ladies who are new to be introduced to Women’s ministry teams; such as leadership and H2H (Heart to Heart) Partners. Come any enjoy the fellowship and refreshments.

Operation Christmas Child

It’s time to pack those shoe boxes again! Locate a shoebox (cardboard or plastic)’ fill with a special toy and then smaller toys, hygiene items and school supplies.  NEW THIS YEAR is a custom restriction on candy and toothpaste.  Include $9.00 for shipping for each box (or go online to pay shipping and to opt to track your box).  Label the appropriate gender and age of the child, and bring them to the church no later than Nov 13th.  Don’t forget to pray for the box recipients and maybe include a letter or picture of your family as well.  Brochures are located on the ministry table in the hall.

Office Volunteer Needed Thursdays from 10:00-12:00

This person would print the bulletin and any inserts necessary and send out the v-news weekly. There would be a couple of other miscellaneous duties as well.  If you are interested or have questions please contact Nancy Dupre at 319-9326 to get training started.

Hide-a Bed Love Seat Available

Free creamy beige love seat in good condition is available. Please contact the church office if you are interested.

Intercessory Prayer Team

This ministry is ongoing and can be joined at any time by contacting Tina at prayer@vcflynden.com or Nancy at office@vcflynden.com. Satan doesn’t fear our prayers but he DOES fear Christ to Whom we offer our prayers because he knows our Savior hears and answers. Prayer is our greatest weapon against him and evil and he works hard to prevent us from praying. Become a Prayer “Seal” Frontline Warrior of God by uniting with others whose desire is to see God’s Spirit move in our church family, our homes, our community and our nation. No meetings to attend. Pick up a flyer for details along with examples of prayers to pray for one another AND our Pastors, Leaders and Staff. Tee-shirts (Prayer “Seal” uniforms) are also available that proclaim we are people of the Word, of Prayer and Frontline Warriors in God’s Army!

 

Prayer Requests, as well as updates and praises can be sent to prayer@vcflynden.com

Community Group Questions    

You Gotta Serve Somebody Romans 6:15-23

  1. Who are you serving this morning?
  2. What is the difference between serving and being a slave?
  3. What question is Paul asking in Verse 15? How is it different from the question he asks in Vs. 1?
  4. Can I excuse my behavior because God saves me by his grace?
  5. Verse 16 begins with a simple question: What does Paul imply in this statement? What is it we don’t know?
  6. What does 1 John 2:16 warn us against?
  7. In Vs. 16-18, what choice are we presented with?
  8. How is a slave compared in this passage? Explain how this plays out in your life?
  9. According to Vs. 19-20, What difference does it make how we decide to live?
  10. Take a minute to re-read verses 19-23. Now restate these verses in your own words, keeping it as simple and practical as you can.
  11. What does Paul mean by “once you gave yourself to “ever-increasing wickedness?” Give an example of a situation that illustrates this verse.
  12. Review the following chart. Look up the verses and comment on how sin is rewarded and how God Rewards the believer.

What Sin Pays                What God Pays  1. Slavery 19-20             1. Righteousness 19  2. Shame 21                    2. Holiness 19  3. Death 21 & 23 3. Eternal Life 23

  1. Give an example of how the 3 sin payouts affect us personally and how we think.
  2. Give examples of the 3 ways God rewards believers based on the verses in the chart.
  3. Why is it important to know your Bible?
  4. Take a few moments to ponder Rom. 3:23. Why is this such a key verse for someone to understand in order to become a Christ follower?
  5. “What good is it to be set free from sin by Jesus Christ and have every opportunity and every possibility of walking in holiness if we ignore these truths and go right on as though we were slaves to sin?”