So what advice does 1 Timothy 2:1-7 have to say to us on a Sunday when we'll be commissioning our very own Al Beasley as the Minister of Visitation at First Christian Church Scottsdale?
Well, by way of instructions you could certainly do worse than the first line of this Sunday's scripture passage "First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone."
I condensed that opening verse into three simple words that fill the Whiteboard this week...
"Pray for everyone." What a wonderful charge, particularly on a Sunday when we will be blessing the ministry of the Rev. Al Beasley and his work as our Minister of Visitation. Not only are we praying for him this Sunday, we'll be sending him forth to share the good news of Jesus Christ through sharing visits, communion, and yes prayers with others.
It will be a wonderful worship this Sunday. An opportunity to affirm one of our very own and bless his ministry. I'll see you Sunday.
1 Timothy 2:1-7 Instructions concerning Prayer
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, 2for kings and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity.
3This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, 4who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, 6 who gave himself a ransom for all — this was attested at the right time.
7For this I was appointed a herald and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.