FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
What is our Greatest Resource?
Dear Friends in Christ,
What is our greatest resource here at Mt. Vernon? I’m sure this is a question that could generate no small amount of discussion and I’m sure that among the possible answers we would hear: “Our faith in Jesus Christ” or “The people of Mt. Vernon” or “Our history and heritage” and any of these would be part of the answer. Let me suggest one more – The Power of Prayer!
Let me share some powerful quotes I’ve come across through the years:
“Prayer is the key that unlocks the storehouses of God’s infinite grace and power. All that God is, and all that God has, is at the disposal of prayer.”
“Prayer isn’t easy, and it doesn’t come naturally to anyone. It’s work. Prayer is a joyous privilege, but it is a challenge. The concerns of the world distract us from prayer. The irony is that prayer is what helps us overcome the concerns of the world. Commit yourself to sincere and earnest prayer and God will open the doors of heaven to you.”
“Prayer is the sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God through Christ in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God hath promised, or according to the Word, for the good of the church, with submission and faith to the will of God.”
“One might estimate the weight of the world, tell the size of the celestial city, count the stars of heaven, measure the speed of lightning, and tell the time of the rising and the setting of the sun – but you cannot estimate the power of prayer! Prayer is as vast as God himself because He is behind it. Prayer is as mighty as God because he has committed Himself to it.”
Prayer is not a spiritual performance for “Super-Christians,” nor merely a lifeline for the wayward. Prayer is simply conversation with God – Your Father who loves you and delights in time with you. Prayer is the privilege of the creature communicating with the Creator. Prayer is the point of connection between the needs of the world and the power of the Holy Spirit. Prayer changes lives, and it will change yours and mine and it will change the life of Mt. Vernon, or any church, forever!
Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves. I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:11-14
Remember, “You can do more than pray… but not until you have prayed!”
Pastor Larry Ruby
Come, Experience God With Us!
You are welcomed to attend our services, which are currently being held on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in person in the sanctuary (MASKS ARE OPTIONAL for those fully vaccinated for a minimum of two weeks after their final dose) but are recommended for indoor settings.
WELCOME OUR NEW PASTOR!
Please welcome Reverend Matthew Fricker as our new Pastor. Please watch for more information.
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If you have a child in the 8th grade or above and would like them to be part of this very special process, please contact the church office.
There has been someone in the Prayer Room during worship. They are praying for the pastor, the music, parishioners, folks on the prayer list, the church - anything God places on your heart to pray about. There are Bibles and numerous devotionals in the room to help guide you in your prayer.
If you would like to serve in the Prayer Room, there is a signup sheet in the narthex or contact the office to schedule your Sunday. You can sign up for yourself or you can do it as a family. If you have any questions, see a Faith and Life Committee Member.
Anyone who isn’t receiving updates via our prayer chain and wishes to, please contact the office.
If you would like to be notified via email when a church member or a close relative of a member (parent, child, or sibling) passes please email the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We promise we will not give your email address to anyone, nor will we abuse it.
AUTOMATED CHURCH MESSAGING
If you are not on the list for important messages from the church, please provide your name and phone number in the offering plate and we will add you to that service.