Community Prayer Guide | September 2018

Each month we receive an updated Community Prayer Guide from One Hope ministry network that helps the church draw near to God and pray for various areas of our city life together. We invite you to take time to join hundreds of people who are praying each month for 10 strategic areas that shape our community's culture.


One Church - One Day Community Prayer |  September 2018

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances;
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Church
Pray for every local church/ministry to have the Lord’s leading, wisdom & blessing this Fall.
Pray for church/ministry leadership teams:  strong & loving relationships, unity of purpose and clear vision.
Pray for God’s love to be “lived out” in our work life, school life and interactions with our neighbors.
Pray for all who responded to the Gospel through local outreaches, summer camps and ministries to be connected in local church families and discipled.

Education
Pray for teachers to have wisdom to establish routines and develop good student relationships.
Pray for students to experience joy and peace as the school year begins.
Pray for transitioning leadership positions: a new Springfield Superintendent & other leadership positions: For God to lead the hiring processes and appoint the right person to each position.
For God to raise up people who will help reform education practices.
Pray for district staffing and scheduling for the 2018-2019 school year: Wisdom and decisions that lead to a blessed and peaceful school year.

Government
Pray for the Lord’s shalom in our community narrative and public discourse.
Pray for God’s wisdom, love and direction to be upon all of our government leaders and their families.
Pray for peaceful, respectful and fearless conversations & decisions about caring for homeless youth.
Pray for city governments’ “housing” plans, policies & efforts to be fruitful in providing more housing.
Pray for the November voting season: For the Lord’s hand to guide the process and selection of winning-ballot measures and candidates.

Business
Pray for positive, encouraging & supportive relationships among our business, government & faith sectors.
Pray for CEOs & business leaders to have wisdom, supportive friendships, humility and the Lord’s guidance.
Pray for veterans in the workforce to be supported, healed and walked into wholeness.
Pray for God to guide and bless the development of the Eugene Riverfront.
Pray for a wise, positive and godly perspective on creating wealth: For local wealth to express Jesus’ love and be utilized for the greatest good.

Family
Pray for struggling families to have barriers removed and have access to affordable homes.
Pray for God to heal relationships in local families, and for entire families to turn and follow the Lord.
Pray for God to increase the number of foster parents and “Safe Families” to care for vulnerable kids.
Pray for God to strengthen and empower marriages in our community: to love and care for each other, to be healthy models of love for children, and to add to the strength and security of our community.

Arts
Pray for God’s blessing and direction to be upon all NCU artists, musicians and choirs.
Pray for the Pacific Rim Art Guild & other visual artists to have inspiration to create God-honoring work.
Pray for the Lord’s hand to guide the professors/instructors of the visual arts & music departments at the UO.
Pray for local Christian dance companies: finances, creativity and God-given opportunities for outreach.

Health Care
Pray for health care providers to grow in compassion and love for the distressed and downcast.
Pray for Christ-following providers to see their occupation as an opportunity to be an ambassador for Christ.
Pray for God to bring hope, healing and rescue to those struggling with suicidal thoughts.  Pray for health care workers, teachers, parents and friends to be empowered to bring hope, healing and rescue.
Pray for health care providers not to be content with temporal, physical healing alone. Pray that their desire for spiritual healing & eternal life grows.

Police and Fire Departments 
Pray for the wisdom, peace and safety of those serving in our police and fire departments.
Pray for God’s blessing and protection to be on the “Safely to School” program that First Responders provide.
Pray for new quality and “charactered” recruits to be hired in all agencies in every local community.
Pray for the wellbeing and emotional health of first responders, their spouses and children.

Media
Pray for local media to promote and equip community members to listen and understand one another better.
Pray for local TV, Radio and Print Media employees to be guided by God’s hand.
Pray for truthful, fair and accurate reporting in all areas of local media.
Pray for the Lord’s favor and truth to be on all media reporting of Jesus-centered events.

Sports
Pray for safety, protection and peace over every public sporting event.
Pray for the Lord’s blessing to be on Pop Warner programs, athletes, coaches and referees.
Pray for the Lord to draw Christ-following athletes and coaches to the UO, and for godly mentors for them.
Pray for the 2021 World Track & Field Championships in Lane County: God’s hand on all international committee agreements, preparations, and new local development for a fruitful and safe event.

Find answers to prayer on our website: onehopenetwork.org/testimonies.

Community Prayer Guide | August 2018

Each month we receive an updated Community Prayer Guide from One Hope ministry network that helps the church draw near to God and pray for various areas of our city life together. We invite you to take time to join hundreds of people who are praying each month for 10 strategic areas that shape our community's culture.


One Church - One Day Community Prayer                               August 2018

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread
and to prayer. . . And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
Acts 2:42, 46b

Church
Pray for all who responded to the Gospel through local outreaches & CityFest to be connected in local church families and discipled.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to increase the power of God’s demonstrated-love in every church/ministry.
Pray for Project Hope: strong relationships with schools, for joy, love and the witness of Jesus.
Pray for pastors and leaders:  strong marriages, personal refreshing and good health.

Education
Pray for students who are behind in school to have access to summer programs and make great gains.
Pray for Project Hope to be a community-building event, where school families connect with each other and local church communities.
Pray for transitioning leadership positions: a new Springfield Superintendent & principal positions:
For God to lead the hiring processes and appoint the right person to each position.
For God to raise up people who will help reform education practices.
Pray for district staffing and scheduling for the 2018-2019 school year: wisdom and decisions that lead to a blessed and peaceful school year.

Government
Pray for God’s wisdom, love and direction to be upon all of our government leaders and their families.
Pray for peaceful, respectful and fearless conversations & decisions about caring for homeless youth.
Pray for city governments’ “housing” plans, policies & efforts to be fruitful in providing more housing.
Pray for the November voting season: For the Lord’s hand to guide the process and selection of winning-ballot measures and candidates.
Pray for the Lord’s shalom in our community narrative and public discourse.

Business
Pray for positive, encouraging & supportive relationships among our business, government & faith sectors.
Pray for CEOs & business leaders to have wisdom, supportive friendships, humility and the Lord’s guidance.
Pray for veterans in the workforce to be supported, healed and walked into wholeness.
Pray for a wise, positive and godly perspective on creating wealth: For local wealth to express Jesus’ love and be utilized for the greatest good.
Pray for God to bless and guide the development of the Eugene Riverfront.

Family
Pray for struggling families to have barriers removed and have access to affordable homes.
Pray for God to heal relationships in local families, and for entire families to turn and follow the Lord.
Pray for families who struggle in the late summer: resources, activities for kids and peace.
Pray for God to increase the number of foster parents and “Safe Families” to care for vulnerable kids.
Pray for God to strengthen and empower marriages in our community: to love and care for each other, to be healthy models of love for children, and to add to the strength and security of our community.

Arts
Pray for God’s blessing and direction to be upon all NCU artists, musicians and choirs.
Pray for the Pacific Rim Art Guild & other visual artists to find inspiration to create God-honoring work.
Pray for more voice-over and commercial work for local actors, as the economy improves.
Pray for writers to find inspiration, encouragement & community at the Oregon Christian Writers’ Conference.
Pray for local Christian dance companies: finances, creativity and God-given opportunities for outreach.

Health Care
Pray for Christ-following providers to see their occupation as an opportunity to be an ambassador for Christ.
Pray for health care providers to grow in compassion and love for the distressed and downcast.
Pray for God to bring hope, healing and rescue to those struggling with suicidal thoughts.  Pray for health care workers, teachers, parents and friends to be empowered to bring hope, healing and rescue.
Pray for health care providers not to be content with temporal, physical healing alone.  Pray their desire for spiritual healing & eternal life grows.

Police and Fire Departments
Pray for the “water rescue” crews: God’s guidance, protection & ability to save lives.
Pray for God’s blessing and protection to be on the “Safely to School” program that First Responders provide.
Pray for new quality and “charactered” recruits to be hired in all agencies in every local community.
Pray for all who heard the Gospel in July to grow in Christ & have strong relationships in local churches.
Pray for the wellbeing and emotional health of first responders, their spouses and children.
Pray for the wisdom, peace and safety of those serving in our police and fire departments.

Media
Pray for local TV, Radio and Print Media employees to be guided by God’s hand.
Pray for truthful, fair and accurate reporting in all areas of local media.
Pray for the Lord’s favor and truth to be on all media reporting of Jesus-centered events.
Pray for local media to promote and equip community members to listen and understand one another better.

Sports
Pray for safety, protection and peace over every public sporting event.
Pray for the Lord’s blessing to be on KidSports programs, athletes, coaches and referees.
Pray for the Lord to draw Christ-following athletes and coaches to the UO, and for godly mentors for them.
Pray for the 2021 World Track & Field Championships in Lane County: God’s hand on all international committee agreements, preparations, and new local development for a fruitful and safe event.

Find answers to prayer on our website: onehopenetwork.org/testimonies.

Faith, Hope and Charity

This week we break from our theme of Interruptible for an insight from Terry Sheldon...

As a child growing up I romanticized the Cascade mountains. Oregon's volcanic peaks were different than the Rockies’ smooth and sparkly granite, and they weren't clustered together en-masse. Each Cascade peak was a craggy sentinel, and although formed with ancient violence, now stood sleeping. And beckoning.

I looked to them for inspiration and dreamed of climbing their dizzying heights. I was most captivated by the ones closest to Eugene, the Three Sisters. Also known by our settlers as Faith, Hope, and Charity.

We believers know these three descriptors as signs of strong emotional and spiritual health, wonderfully described in the Bible’s love chapter, Corinthians 13. It all seemed to fit together for me as I took up backpacking and mountain climbing in my youth, and as I attempted to learn the lessons of faith, hope and charity in my Christian walk. Both parallel journeys have been rocky and challenging, but rewarding in their own ways.

Awhile back it occurred to me that Corinthians’ lovely three sisters were chronological in our spiritual lives. Faith (North Sister) is a formidable peak. I can compare it to my first realization of the magnitude of my sin. Accepting the Lord requires us to stand up to fear and take a giant leap (of faith). Although I never did attempt North, my spiritual climb has been arduous. A start yes, but with a Doubting Thomas heart. I really hoped for more - the perfecting of my faith.

I grew up admiring my father’s mountain climbing exploits and waited to go with him one day. My chance finally came as a teen, on Hope (Middle Sister). The climb was rough. We were on the wrong side of a ridge and got lost. We triggered a small rock slide, resulting in a smashed finger. Then clouds shrouded the mountain by mid-afternoon and we were forced to turn back. My summit hopes were unfulfilled, but they would remain.

I would eventually reach the summit of Hope in my early twenties. It was glorious, but not without hard lessons along the way. My climbing buddy and I overcame poor planning, running out of water, sunburns and having to navigate the forest by moonlight after our flashlights died. In life, our day-to-day hope is always out there in front of us, as it should be. Without it we would lack motivation for what’s ahead. And without going forth, we would not grow and learn. But hope is not the endgame.

The faith, hope and charity progression seems tougher as it goes along. Learning to love and to be loved WELL is an inevitable struggle, and one of life’s hardest lessons. A few years later, my Charity (South Sister) experience was equal in its struggle, and its payoff. What started out to be a misty and cold hike through Charity’s lower reaches became a wickedly windy and wet slog up its southern ridge. Four of our seven-person team had turned around earlier, my father included. He was not happy, but trusted my judgement. The three of us who remained continued on, not at all sure how it would end.

But a glimmer in my imagination urged me on, as I sensed a unique mountain-top experience ahead. My fellow climbers had a similar expectation. We were a band of brothers, and we bonded in our struggle. Then it happened. Blue sky finally peeked out between the swirling curtain of clouds. As we reached Charity’s top under clear cobalt blue skies, we gazed out in astonishment across a flat cloud floor below us. It was almost 360 degrees of brilliant white, with all the Cascade peaks jutting up and out, North to South. I was on top of the world, and it was a sight and experience I will never forget.

Learning to love God and people is similar. It starts with youthful naiveté, then comes struggles with people that challenge our self-esteem, and hard events that can shake us to the core. But if we hang together and press ahead, and stay open and committed and humble, our love is purified and enhanced. True love (God's love) is indeed breathtaking. Personally, I believe I've just scratched the surface.

Let’s continue the climb, with courageous faith, with constant hope and with relentless love.


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About the Author

Terry is a man in constant motion to explore new horizons. He has a thirst for new places and faces, and a deep love for the natural world - with a weakness for waterfalls and sunsets. All of this venturing out helps to both ground and inspire him, because it opens him up to people, with their vast, collective array of experiences, outlooks and responses.

He finds all of this fascinating and sees that it has encouraged the growth of something crucial in his Christian development: empathy and compassion toward his brothers and sisters on this planet.