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Wednesday, April 24 2024

Zoom Huddle today at 10. All welcome!

Family Ministries/Adult dinner Huddle Wed 6-7:30. All welcome!

(We only have about a month of these before summer break. Join us and plan to do some fun things as we reach out together this summer!)

Good Morning Accepted, Readying, Listening, Representatives of Almighty God! Oh yes you are! Pronounce it out loud and in prayer over yourself and our Body! We are loved and accepted, as we areWe are repenting and readying for all God has for usWe are listening, discerning and wanting to process with like-minded brothers and sisters. We are preparing and prepared today to go love and bring alive all the wonders of our Almighty God, maker of heaven and earth and us! He has custom made great plans for you to discover and do today! Rejoice! Be who you are created to be and about our Father's business! There is no greater joy and satisfaction in life than enjoying who you are in Christ and doing what you are created to do! Now find some friends to work on that with and go live and love more like Jesus today! I'm praying for you and our Body to be all we are created to be and to be growing into our fuller potential in Christ! We are on our way to becoming a dynamic movement of God! PTL! And we all have a part to play! What's yours? Talk to God about that and process, plan and put into action with some close trusted friends and co-laborers! Amen!

Check out how God used our devos and threaded them together to take me to the above salutation and paragraph. What's He saying and threading together for you? (I have some notes today before each devo and blog) He awoke me very early this morning (1:30) with the praise song from Cain repeating in my head, "I'm So Blessed!" Check it out here: I often sing this throughout many days and often add "I'm so blessed even though I'm a mess!" How true! No matter what we are facing our thinking, we are so very blessed, "on our best day or our worst day", because of God in us! Amen! We are a very blessed people. We are blessed to go bless and blessed back for being a blessing. And our joy just grows as we learn to walk out our blessings and live and love like Jesus! Yes, very blessed indeed! Shalom!

Charles Stanley: You are accepted completely! And you are being molding into your new nature and God's image more fully! PTL!

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TWFYT: We are learning to not only listen to God and process but to listen to and esteem others so they feel valued and heard. We are being sent to new connection points and need to focus on connecting to others and then connecting them to God as we leran to listen to their hearts and learn how to respond well!

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ODB: God is readying you and us. He has created, gifted, and called us for such a time as this to step into our custom purposes. Pray that prayer at the end earnestly! Amen! Are you ready? ( I think of hide and seek..."Ready or not, here I come!" and I think of our response to the Holy Spirit! I am ready and readying! Are you?

Ready to Go for God

I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Ephesians 4:1

READ Ephesians 4:1-7, 11-16


The book Hidden Figures recounts preparations for John Glenn’s flight into space. Computers were newfangled inventions in 1962, subject to glitches. Glenn didn’t trust them and worried about calculations for the launch. He knew one brainy woman in the back room could run the numbers. He trusted her. “If she says the numbers are good,” Glenn said, “I’m ready to go.”

Katherine Johnson was a teacher and mother of three. She loved Jesus and served in her church. God had blessed Katherine with a remarkable mind. NASA tapped her in the late 1950s to help with the space program. She was Glenn’s “brainy woman,” one of the “human computers” they hired at the time.

We may not be called to be brilliant mathematicians, but God calls us to other things: “To each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it” (Ephesians 4:7).  We’re to “live a life worthy of the calling” we’ve received (v. 1). We’re part of one body, in which “each part does its work” (v. 16).

Katherine Johnson’s calculations confirmed the course trajectory. Glenn’s launch into orbit was like “hitting a bull’s-eye.” But this was just one of Katherine’s callings. Remember, she was called also to be a mother, teacher, and church worker. We might ask ourselves what God has called us to, whether big or small. Are we “ready to go,” exercising the grace-gifts He’s bestowed, living “a life worthy of [our] calling” (v. 1)?

By Kenneth Petersen


What has God called you to do? How has He gifted you?

Dear God, please help me embrace what You’ve given me and live a life worthy of Your calling.


There are five different listings of spiritual gifts in the New Testament: Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10; 12:28-30; Ephesians 4:11; and 1 Peter 4:11. That no two lists are identical suggests that each one isn’t exhaustive. More important, the emphasis is on how the diversity of gifts are to be used “for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7) and to “equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12 NLT) in a loving way that unites the church (vv. 13-16). Apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (v. 11) are people gifted in proclaiming and teaching the Scriptures.

K. T. Sim

UR "A Granddaughters Gift" God is always with us and he does have great plans for you and us! PTL! Ask for eyes to see and Jesus' heart and mind to respond well to all the opportunities today and always. I think about what a difference it will make when we step out in groups with out t-shirts on. Will we act differently, be more bold and intentional, and are we people of integrity always. Help me Lord to always be who I am in Christ and be about His business always with passion and a right heart. I know you are with me always. Thank You! May I choose to live as if that's so always! Amen! Thanks! Amen!

Jesus said, “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” - Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

My granddaughter surprised me with a special Christmas present, an embroidered picture titled, “‘I Am with You Always,’ Matthew 28:20.” She didn’t realize the significance

that Bible verse had held for me many years before.

When I came to the United States 66 years ago, I spoke limited English. I joined a youth group at my church, led by a young student minister. He soon noticed that I was quite withdrawn. But after a few kind words from him I opened up and told him I was worried about my grades and that I had difficulty keeping up with my classes. He then quoted Matthew 28:20. He told me that Jesus was talking to me personally and that he was always with me in every situation. I suddenly felt uplifted and my faith soared. From that day on I smiled more and opened up to friends at school. When I prepared for a test or a project, I knew I did not have to do it alone — Jesus would be with me.

After reflecting on these memories, I called my granddaughter and told her about the impact her embroidered verse had on my life many years ago. More importantly, I was able to share with her the difference Jesus’ promise makes in my life to this day.


Dear Father, thank you for your gift of Jesus. Show us opportunities to minister to our friends and family and to tell them of your special gift of love and grace. Amen.Harvest Prayer Blogs: Maybe end with these as we battle and intercede for our families and the generations in our neighborhoods. God is sending us to kids and young families. keep your eyes open and heart ready to respond. But he is also sending us to damaged and hurting older ones as well, even grand parents. Keep praying and watching for how God wants to use you and join Him! Remember: Prayer warrior is one of our most critical parts of our Good News Delivery Co. Keep praying! And praying may lead you to someone God is pursuing to love on and heal. be ready!

April 16 - Pray for Healthy Families

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Ephesians 6:1–4) 

A dear friend of mine at church said, “We all have to overcome our parents’ parenting.” This was said in humor, but oh, how true it is! All of us have been hurt by our parents. Parenting is the most difficult job in the world. A detailed manual would be nice to have. God has given us clear instructions for children and parents. Today, more than ever, we have moved away from the biblical admonition for parenting. As we intercede today, let’s cry out for Jesus to work a new principle or paradigm for parenting into Christian families in your community—a new philosophy of parenting, rooted in God’s Word and empowered by the Spirit of God. He is able! 

Father God, a healthy family is a Christ-filled family. Heal our broken families and lead us back to you. Empower dads, moms, and children to take our leads and our guidelines from you and your Word. Today, I ask boldly that you would enable children to obey their parents in the Lord. Cause children in our community to fall so in love with Jesus that they end up leading their parents and siblings to a greater love for Jesus as well. Where families are broken, bring healing to children and teens longing for security in a frightening world. Be their security. Be their home. Be their joy. Send spiritual moms and dads to come alongside parents to love and mentor kids of all ages. Convict parents today of their calling to parent with the love, power, and authority of Jesus Christ. I pray for dads to be stable and involved in the lives of their children. I pray moms will be filled with the Spirit to love their kids practically, with words and deeds. May fathers bring their children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Protect parents from harsh, wounding, or ungodly anger. I plead with you today to give each member of the family a persevering heart, that none would lose their way today. I pray parents would follow the ancient model of talking about Christ all the day, at home or as they travel through the community. May Jesus be a true and relied upon source for families in this community. Protect children from abuse. Protect parents from lives with little to no margins. I am asking today for a powerful move of God in families that are on the brink of divorce, bankruptcy, anger, or depression. Be their solution in real time today. Manifest your glory to families across this region. May we all know that you are God and that your love is better than life itself. Thank you for families. Thank you for my family. Thank you for the families in our great community. We ask for a new and unprecedented work in each one, for Jesus’ sake.

--Adapted from Praying God’s Word Over Your City: 40 Days of Prayer for A Transformed Community by Trey and Mary Anne Kent. This book is available at Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.

Prayer Points

  • Praise the God of Israel, who comes in glory to meet with his people.
  • Thank God for coming to consume the darkness and to make what is purified radiate with his glory (Ezek. 43:1-5).
  • Confess any wickedness that hinders the brightness of his presence.
  • Commit to letting God’s glory shine upon you in worship.
  • Ask God to shine through you to others.
  • Pray that the Holy Spirit will cause the glory of God to blaze in you, setting your heart on fire for the lost.
  • Ask that God will send forth his Word, bringing his light to lives swamped in darkness.
Prayer Points taken from Patterns for Prayer by Alvin VanderGriend. 
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St. Matthew's EC Church

5th & Ridge Streets
P.O. Box 433
Emmaus, PA 18049
Telephone 610.965.5570


We are learning to live and love like Jesus. 

We are working on becoming who we were created to be and doing our custom made purposes well. 

We are part of the Evangelical Congregational Church

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