Over 100 years ago, South African pastor Andrew Murray penned these words which still ring true today—
“UNITED prayer is a great privilege, and its power waits to be experienced. … if friends believed how effective two or three praying in concert could be; if in every prayer meeting faith in His presence and expectation of an answer were foremost; if in every church united prayer was regarded as one of the chief purposes for which Christians come together—the highest exercise of their power as a church; if in the church universal the coming of the kingdom, and the King himself, first in the mighty outpouring of His Holy Spirit, and then in His own glorious person, were matters of ceaseless pleading with God, who could predict what blessing might come through those who agree to prove God’s promises?”
In Cedar Springs, we want to see the blessings that God will pour out on our community when “the church universal” unites in prayer.
Please join us for UNITED 2015 on Sunday, August 23, at 11am.
The Cedar Springs Ministerial Association is all about partnerships. Every month our pastors partner with each other, and they seek out other organizations with whom we can partner to help better serve Cedar Springs.
At UNITED 2015 we want to introduce you to some of our partners. During the freelunch following the service, you will find multiple display tables setup by our many community partners.
Our partners help us minister to the needs of people in so many different ways, and we are very grateful for their involvement in our community! So please stop by and see the wonderful resources they have available for you!
UNITED 2015 is Sunday, August 23, at 11AM.
** If you are a community service or non-profit organization which serves northern Kent county, and you would like to have a display table at UNITED 2015, please email us for all the details. We would love to have you partnering with us! **
The Bible talks about the Church in terms of a human body. Each part of the body, the Apostle Paul writes, is necessary for the whole body to be healthy (see 1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
It’s easy to understand that with some of the obvious parts, like an arm, or the brain, or the stomach. But what about some of the less obvious parts of the body. What about a lower level of pyruvate kinase?
Pyruvate kinase is an enzyme which is involved in the final stage of the production of red blood cells. Without this enzyme, the red blood cells don’t have as much energy, and they end up falling apart while trying to carry life-giving oxygen throughout the body. This results in a condition called anemia, where the human body simply runs out of energy while trying to do even the simplest of tasks.
On the spiritual level, it’s possible for the Church to be anemic.
Unless every member of the Body of Christ is doing his or her part—even if it’s something as obscure and unseen as being the spiritual pyruvate kinase enzyme—the whole Church can be robbed of the energy it needs to carry out its mission.
Our UNITED 2015 service is a good reminder for all of us that each and every one of us isvital. We would love to see all of you on Sunday, August 23, at 11am.
In the 1730s, George Whitefield figured prominently in the Great Awakening in America: a revival that swept through the colonies, calling people back to their biblical roots. One day while preaching from the courthouse steps in Philadelphia—
“Father Abraham,” Whitefield cried, as he looked up to heaven, “whom have you in Heaven? Any Episcopalians?”
“No!” Whitfield called out, answering his own question.
“Any Independents or Seceders, New Sides or Old Sides, any Methodists?”
“No! No! No!”
“Whom have you there, then, Father Abraham?”
“We don’t know those names here. All who are here are Christians—believers in Christ.”
“Oh, is that the case? Then God help me, God help us all, to forget having names and to become Christians in deed and in truth!”
This is what UNITED 2015 is all about… no names, no labels, no denominations.
Just Christians—believers in Christ—worshiping Him together.
There are a series of psalms in the Bible called “The Songs of Ascents.” Since Jerusalem was at a higher elevation geographically, pilgrims going to worship at the temple literally went up to worship God. But the Bible also teaches that when people praise God, the aroma of their praise also ascends up to Heaven.
One of The Songs of Ascents is found in Psalm 133 —
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!
For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil that was poured over Aaron’s head, that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe.
Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon that falls on the mountains of Zion.
And there the Lord has pronounced His blessing, even life everlasting.(New Living Translation)
The worshipers recognized that there was such a huge blessing in the harmony of worship.
That word harmony is a great description for a choir and for our UNITED 2015 service. We come from many backgrounds and many denominations, but all of us will be together in harmony on August 23, 2015. We hope that you will be able to lend your voice to our harmony as we believe our UNITED 2015 praise will bring unity and blessing to Cedar Springs.