Practice gratitude (Daily faith practice – 3/17/20)

Written by Rev. Craig Moock, pastor of Rural Chapel United Methodist Church, Galena, OH

As we look at another faith practice for today, I want to remind us all that practicing gratitude is powerful.  When times are challenging, it is easy to spend all of our time looking at those challenges and forget about all of the marvelous things that God has blessed you with.  Go ahead, make a list of all of the things that you are grateful for.  Once you are done, thank God for all of those things.  Chances are, you will feel better and more whole once you do that.  Apparently, people have studied gratitude and discovered that people who regularly practice gratitude are happier in the long run.  Not only do we get to be grateful, but we can be happier as well.

Go and be grateful and see what God will do in your life!!


Pastor Craig

Washing hands and the Lord’s Prayer (daily faith practice, 3/16/20)

Written by Rev. Craig Moock, Rural Chapel United Methodist Church, Galena, OH


If you are anything like me, this whole coronavirus thing has been a little unsettling and I have found myself in need of spiritual grounding.  With that, my goal is to post one faith practice a day that can help us engage God during these challenging times. 

For today, many of us have been told that the way to make certain that we wash our hands for an adequate amount of time is to sing Happy Birthday twice.  What if, instead of doing that, we say the Lord’s Prayer while we wash our hands?  Let’s be honest, we are all washing our hands a lot these days.  If we say the Lord’s Prayer when we do it, then we will be connecting with God a lot and that will help us connect to our source of peace during these challenging times.

God is with us, God is good and saying the Lord’s Prayer when we wash our hands is a great way to remind ourselves of that.


Pastor Craig

Week of March 15, 2020: Together in prayer

Rural Chapel United Methodist Church, located in Galena, OH, offers this page as a place to pray over the needs of our community. We believe in the power of prayer: asking for God’s help and raising our voices as one to amplify each need we bring to Him.

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray. (Ephesians 6:18-19)

Prayer requests for needs and joys can be submitted by leaving a comment below. You may submit prayer requests anonymously, if you wish – God will know your identity and how to meet your needs by embracing you in His loving arms. All comments will be moderated in order to assure the safety and peace of those for whom we pray. A new prayer post will be added on a weekly basis.

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