Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

Religion

August 2, 2013

An Attitude of Prayer

Some years ago, when I was a member of a Lutheran congregation in San Francisco, a friend of mine was asked to lead the prayers of the people. During the prayer, my friend was handed a few names of those whom were in special need of prayer. One name, on the top of the list, was one in Russian—with letters my friend had never seen, let alone knew how to pronounce. He took a few stabs at the name, never quite making his lips articulate the entire name. I could tell that a few people were wincing at his poor pronunciation. After what seemed a momentary eternity, he simply looked heavenward and said, “God, you know this person’s name and their needs. We lift them up to you.” It was a good save.

I was reflecting on this situation this past week when a parishioner asked, “What’s prayer all about?” Prayer is, for many faithful, an action in which we connect with our Creator. Because God loves us, God desires that we deepen our relationship in this way. God actually cares about our worries and our hopes—even if they do seem trivial. In prayer not only do we connect with God, we learn about ourselves. If I were to pray for an all-expense paid vacation to Italy for my family and myself, God will listen. However, God will take my prayer and make me aware that it isn’t about going to a particular destination that matters—the prayer is really about needing to spend time with my family—to leave the distractions behind and be fully present in my relationships with others.

Prayer is an attitude. Prayer is something we can do in church or while shopping in the mall. Prayers can be said aloud, or kept in the deep corners of our hearts that no one but God knows. Prayers can be lifted up at the bedside of the dying or while digging new potatoes in the garden. Prayer is a way of life—recognizing that with every breath you take, God knows and cares for you and your well being. God can take our prayers of heartfelt desire and lead us down a path we didn’t know existed.

Text Only
Religion
  • Children's Crusade Grace Tabernacle Church at 914 N. Park St. in Centerville will hold Children's Crusade Sunday, April 20 beginning with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. From 9:30 a.m. to noon participants can enjoy crafts, hear the Easter story, get gifts, eat snacks and have

    April 18, 2014

  • 041814 Group Captive Free coming to Centerville Saturday, May 3 the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Centerville will host Captive Free, a relational music ministry team sponsored by Youth Encounter. The group will be performing 7-8 p.m. and everyone is invited to enjoy Christian music and pe

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Appanoose County Weekly Meals You are invited to enjoy an ecumenical/community free meal with fellowship every Monday night on Highway 5 north of John Deere at Faith Methodist Church. Meals are available from 5-6 p.m. The menu for today will be ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, v

    April 18, 2014

  • Easter's Choices: Pilate made his "Where do you come from?" [Pilate] asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. "Do you refuse to speak to me?" Pilate said. "Don't you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?" John 19:9b, 10. Our verses find Pilate talking to Jesus

    April 11, 2014

  • Appanoose County Weekly Meals Menu and Gospel Jam Open Gospel Jam The Brushy Community Church will hold an open gospel jam Sunday, April 13 at 2 p.m. The church is locate on Highway S70, south of Bridgeview and north of Plano. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please bring finger food to share. For mor

    April 11, 2014

  • Sunday Gospel Sing The Sunday Gospel Sing It will be held April 13 at 6 p.m. at the historic Second Baptist Church in Centerville. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy the evening. Sunday Gospel Sing

    April 4, 2014

  • An incredible moment before the race Spring is the time for green grace, beautiful flowers and track meets. Runners train to do their best by following the coach's instructions, practicing proper form of running, running and training in preparation for the big race. Just before the race

    April 4, 2014

  • Easter drama to play in Moravia "Love Sees You" will be presented at the Lighthouse Church of the Nazarene in Moravia on Sunday, April 13 at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. and Friday 18 at 7 p.m. For group reservations of 10 or more, call (641) 724-3649. Easter is a great ti

    April 4, 2014

  • Appanoose County Weekly Meals menu Everyone is invited to enjoy a free meal and fellowship every Monday night at Faith Methodist Church on Highway 5 north of John Deere. Meals are available from 5-6 p.m. The menu for Monday will be cheeseburger or ham and bean soup, relish tray, cornb

    April 4, 2014

  • 040414 People Walnut City Church fundraiser held "Going once, going twice…sold!" That cry was heard several times Saturday, March 29, as 45 pies were auctioned at the Mystic Center. The soup supper/pie auction served as a fundraiser for the renovation of the Walnut City Church. Sharon West, Jerry M

    April 4, 2014 2 Photos

  • 'Ben Hur' 'Ben Hur' "Ben Hur," winner of 11 Academy Awards, will be shown at the Albia Theater off the northeast corner of the Albia Square on Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m. A free will offering will be taken with proceeds to benefit the Albia Ministerial Associat

    March 28, 2014

  • Sunday Gospel Sing The fifth Sunday Gospel Sing at the Solid Rock Church of God, 1220 Rock Valley Road, Centerville, is scheduled for Sunday, March 30 starting at 3 p.m. Join in on the praise and worship or just sit back and enjoy the singing. Everyone is welcome. If y

    March 28, 2014

  • County weekly meal Everyone is invited to enjoy a free meal and fellowship every Monday night at Faith Methodist Church on Highway 5 north of John Deere. Meals are available from 5-6 p.m. The menu for Monday will be beef and noodles, mashed potatoes, peas, cole slaw, h

    March 28, 2014

  • Depression and anxiety recovery program Since 2010, the Seventh-day Adventist Church has offered a depression and anxiety recovery program. The program will return with the free introductory meeting on Monday, March 31 at 7 p.m. at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 20124 205th Ave. in Cent

    March 28, 2014

  • New Hope's fourth annual talent show New Hope Counseling Center's annual talent show fundraiser will be held at the Rathbun Country Music Theater located on highway J5T, north of the dam and marina and south of Captains Landing on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. with free admission to all. C

    March 28, 2014

Obituaries
Featured Ads
Poll

The Iowegian wants readers to think about rental permit fees. The Centerville City Council has conducted two working sessions and a third one is planned in order to get a feel for the public's appetite about raising rental permit fees from charging a landlord $25 every two years to charging a certain amount per rental unit per year. So, the question of the week is, "Are you in favor of Centerville increasing rental permit fees?"

A. I'm in favor.
B. I'm not in favor.
C. I'm not sure.
     View Results
Iowegian on Facebook