“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
Prayer Ministry at FAC
Recently, Pastor Joe has launched a new prayer ministry at First Armenian Church. After Sunday morning services, anyone who would like Pastor Joe and/or Prayer Team members to pray for/with them, privately, one-on-one or with the full team, may now have this wonderful opportunity. Here in New England, we have been led to view prayer as very private, and some of us are not accustomed to praying with others as easily. Our Armenian tradition also seems to reinforce this idea, to some extent. Yet, Jesus, Paul, the Psalms… the entire Bible, really…constantly exhort us to pray with each other, and for each other, openly. We all have times where we might be struggling with something, or need some special guidance or strength. This ministry is designed to help you to carry your burdens and partner with you in seeking God for your situation. The Scriptures have so much to say about the wonder and power of prayer, not only in terms of getting what we ask for, but also in terms of how it strengthens our relationship with God as we experience Him more deeply through prayer and communion with Him.
How it works: After the Sunday service, Pastor Joe will continue to greet people as they are exiting the sanctuary. Other prayer team members will wait either by the altar area or the back of the church. If you have something on your heart- a concern, a difficulty, a request, a big decision… anything you wish to pray about- you can approach Pastor Joe or a prayer team member where they are gathered and waiting for you. You can also tell Pastor Joe or a team member at any time before the service or immediately following that you want prayer. Please be assured that whatever you ask the pastor/team to pray for will be kept absolutely confidential.
Who is on the team: at this time, Pastor Joe, Nancy Tutunjian Berger, and Silva Khoshafian make up the prayer team; as the ministry grows, others will be added on, as the Lord leads.
We have already had people come forward and ask for prayer so we are off to a good start! They have walked away feeling better; it is comforting and assuring to know others have joined you with their prayer power and are standing with you spiritually. And, why not give the Lord more opportunities to show His love and care for us by inhabiting and answering the prayers on His peoples’ hearts? It may be that He has something specific to say to you about your situation, and having other people He can “speak” through is an asset. So, consider opening yourself up to experience all the wonders of praying with someone else and going deeper with God in these areas.
We hope this ministry will not only serve to be a source of comfort and encouragement, but that it will also allow us to experience the Lord’s miracles, signs, and wonders! You have nothing to lose and SO much to gain through the power of prayer!
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to pass them on to Pastor Joe or Nancy Tutunjian Berger.