December 2018

  …In Prayer Ministry

Thanksgiving is now past and we are in the days leading to Christmas. However, the time of giving thanks to God through prayer, as we know, is not a seasonal thing but is an integral part of our daily life as Christians. We are thankful for the fundamental saving grace of Jesus Christ first and foremost. Next comes other things we frequently give thanks for such as answered prayer, family, friends, safe travel and the food we are about to eat. But what about all the blessings we experience every day that escape our awareness or that we take for granted. It is impossible for us with our finite capabilities to comprehend the infinite blessings we receive each and every day. 

It is sometimes hard to see the blessings when looking at the horrific tragedies the wildfires have brought to California, or a poor prognosis with a health issue, or a relationship issue and the list goes on. In Matthew 6:10 in his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaches us to acknowledge through prayer that his will, “ will be done on earth as it is in heaven”. He also teaches earlier in Matthew 6:8 that, “your father knows what you need before you ask him”. Then in Romans 8:28, we are assured, “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” So our continued prayers of thanksgiving are offered with the faith that even things which seem awful at the time all work out. 

It will be okay. 

Thank you Lord, Thy will be done, Lord hear our prayer. 

Dan Cruser 

The Dream Team intercessors pray specifically for the needs of our pastor and his family. The prayers are communicated every 2 weeks via email or printed up by the office staff for those without email. The Prayer Chain is communicated via email. The prayers are generated from the bulletin Friendship cards, email and phone calls. The PRT (Prayer Responsibility Team) assignments go out to member’s church mail boxes at the beginning of each month. Each month a different church ministry is rotated through each box. These prayers are for the at home prayer support of Immanuel’s ministries.

In Prayer Shawl Ministry:

A Prayer Shawl is meant to be given to anyone (male or female, including children) who has had surgery, been diagnosed with an illness, lost a loved one or is dealing with a hardship.

Prayers are said while the shawl is being made, that recipients may feel comfort and love as they wrap themselves in it. Shawls are available in the Fellowship Hall in the far right hand corner on the cabinet shelves. Please be sure to check/sign the book saying to whom you are giv-ing a shawl because we don’t want to duplicate.

Please let me know of anyone you believe should receive one of these Prayer Shawls.

Thank you, and if any questions, please feel free to call or contact me at 218-546-6065 or by email

Marsha Larson