Prayer meetings are all about sharing problems, recognizing the needs of others and praying together as a church or group to help each other. For example, when a group of Christians gather for prayer meeting, one of them might share the struggles he is facing of attending prayer meetings with the disagreement of his family. Prayer meetings are to encourage, strengthen the faith of one another and to help individuals know God more. According to Ziglar (1998), emotions can cause us grief ... ... middle of paper ... ... Christ is our savior. It is by sin that we face difficulties in being faithful Christians but only through Christ that we grow spiritually.
Kumalo prays and asks God for help on a daily basis. “Tixo (God), watch over me, he says to himself. Tixo, watch over me (48).” Later, Kumalo’s prayers are answered and the readers can sense a Godly presence with Stephen. Stephen Kumalo is a relatively spiritually inclined priest, who devotes his time praying for his village of Ndotcheni. His devotion to the church, village and God makes God’s presence evident.
Prayer as defined by Houghton Mifflin (2009) is a reverent petition made to God, a god, or another object of worship. However, when we make an appeal how do we capture His attention? It is through prayer that we are able to petition God and ultimately develop a consistent prayer life that pleases Him. Reading the word of God and prayer draws us closer to Christ. We begin to have His mind and His spirit living in us because of this Holy communication.
The church is where many people go to hear their priest preach the word of God. These people also go to hear the priest explain the gospel and to give his homily. Usually the homily is a sermon the priest gives after reading the gospel and it usually teaches people a life lesson. I know that whenever I go to mass, during the homily I do learn a new lesson. Sometimes that lesson is about loving my enemies, or about being a better person.
As reading The Gospel of Mark I came across a passage where Jesus feeds five thousand hungry men. Jesus went ashore and saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.It was getting late and his disciples said “This is a desolate place, and the hour is now late.Send them away to go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.” (Mark 6; 35)Jesus then said “You give them something to eat.” (Mark 6; 37) This shows that Jesus is loving for feeding the men. He could have simply agreed with the disciples and left them but instead he fed them. Many people today aren’t loving and wouldn’t show people the love Jesus did. Last winter I was in the City with my best friends and saw a homeless person so we all chipped in and got him french fries from McDonald’s.
After a short Sermon in which the priest explains the reading, the prayers of the Faithful or Bidding prayers are read to help the parents, godparents and the child followed by the Litany of saints, where all those present ask the saints to help the child: "St. Anthony pray for usâ€¦. etc." ... ... middle of paper ... ...unity is involved to help the parents and godparents bring the child up in the Christian faith although I find adult baptism very symbolic and meaningful, as it is more demanding faith wise. I do not think it is correct or incorrect to baptise either infants or adults, but rather that they will be baptised when they are ready; and parents will decide this for their children, who later on in life will have the freedom to choose what beliefs to follow. They will have this chance at their confirmation where they will be able to confirm what had been said for them at baptism, and make those early promises to live as Jesus did their own.
If you know the title, please raise your hand. (When someone from the congregations says the correct answer, I will respond) Wow, that’s right. The title of the sermon was “Compassion” (Give a gift to a congregant) “Thank you for remembering the title of sermon.” In last Sunday, I preached about compassion of Jesus. Jesus and disciples were tired and wanted to have the rest with disciples. However, Jesus moved to many people coming to him and he began to teach them many things.
In many versions of the bible, Mark 6:30-44 is titled “Jesus Feeds Five Thousand”. This passage is the story of Jesus giving his disciples the impossible task of literally feeding five thousand men with five loaves of bread and two fish. This event is one of the many miracles that Jesus performs. Many people don’t even believe in miracles. If someone were to tell you to feed five thousand people with such little food, you would think it is impossible.
He preached to Catholics and non-Catholics alike about God and Jesus. He invited all people to join the reign of God by loving God and loving their neighbors. Fr. Solanus worked hard to preach the good news of the gospel to everyone. He also worked hard trying to feed the poor and heal the sick, just as Jesus did.
He asked what the man wants him to do for him. The man asks Jesus to recover his sight, and because of his strong faith in the lord, Jesus recovered his sight immediately. The healed man began to follow him faithfully because he could see again and everyone else who saw this miracle gave praise to God. This passage is similar to the rest of the passages in Luke because it was written to make certain that Jesus was the Son of God and his mission to spread faith to the people. Luke targets to cease the secular lives of people so they could strengthen their faith.