Week of March 22, 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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Be present (daily faith practice, 3/20/20)

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

As we look at our daily faith practice for today, it is hard to believe that the news of things like schools being shut down came just a week ago.  With that, many of us have been scrambling to make the adjustments which have been necessary over the last week.  All of this chaos can make it hard to be present with the people that we love the most.  These are the people who God has told us are our primary responsibilities for care and relationship.  

So… here it is… take a deep breath, recognize that God is good and put all the chaos aside and be present with your family.  It honors them and honors God.

Oh, and remember to wash your hands.

Blessings and I will catch you on Facebook live on Sunday at 10AM,

Pastor Craig

Pray for others (daily faith practice, 3/19/20)

Written by Rev. Craig Moock, Pastor of Rural Chapel United Methodist Church

As we look at our daily faith practices during this time of crisis, tonight I want to look at prayer.  Specifically prayer for others.  What I am discovering is that our church and larger community are filled with good people who want to help those in need during this time of crisis.  The challenge is that the main thing that we can do to help is to stay home and at try to connect with people through phone or internet. 

What do God’s people do when they want to help and there is nothing that they can do to help?  They pray!! 

As Christians, we believe that God hears our prayers, answers our prayers and is interacting in human history!  Maybe take time each day to pray for a different group of people.  For example, those over 65 who are at more risk from this disease, pray for those in the medical community who are more at risk of contracting this disease and serving all of us, pray for those who are anxious because of all that is going on, pray for all of your favorite people – God put them in your life for a reason, pray for those who are researching solutions to this crisis and finally pray for those who do not yet know Jesus.  God is still at work and today is our day to stand up and be the church.  I encourage you  to see what God will do in your lives and the lives of others when you pray.   

I love you all!!!

Blessings, Keep the Faith and Wash Your Hands,

Pastor Craig Moock

Galena, OH 43021, Office 740-548-4389, cmoock@ruralchapel.org

Read God’s Word (daily faith practice – 3/18/20)

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

For today’s daily faith practice, I want to encourage you to read God’s Word.  A daily practice of reading God’s Word is a powerful way to grow in faith and build your relationship with God.  If you would like to join us for the Mark Bible Study on Zoom on Wednesdays at 7, we would love to have you.  We had a neat study tonight. 

With that, one Bible passage that is worthy of note as we read God’s Word is Mark 5:1-20.  This is where Jesus delivers a man of a legion of demons called Legion.  Crazy stuff.  As our Bible study lived with this passage, I asked the question… how do we apply this to our lives?  One person shared that if Jesus could love and deliver that man, then He could certainly love and deliver me.  Out of that, we see Jesus’ love and compassion for a man that no one else had any use for.  If Jesus loved even that man, then we understand that there is no one that Jesus does not love.  The question that then came to me is, “How do I love people in the way that Jesus did?”  How are you loving others… even those who seem unlovable?  During this time of this present crisis, living the love of Jesus can be a powerful thing for others and for ourselves.

Rural Chapel Family, I love you all!  Be at Peace.  God is with us.  Go and love those whom God has called you to love… and remember to wash your hands!

Blessings,

Pastor Craig

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!!

Blessings,

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

Friends,

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.

Blessings,

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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