June 21, 2020 – A Celebration of Ministry

The congregation of Wheeler UMC bids Pastor David & Jackie farewell this morning. We celebrate 15 years of wonderful ministry together.
 


Bishop Trimble Response to Stay-in-Place (4/24/2020)

Bishop Trimble responds to the extension of the “Stay at Home’ order through May 1, as announced by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb on April 20. Bishop asks churches to not gather for worship before May 17.
 


Prayer for Healthcare Workers

Father,

The state of our daily lives is unparalleled, yet You remain the same. We scramble to react and prepare for an unprecedented situation in the medical field. Healthcare workers are facing unimaginable circumstances at this critical moment in history. While many of us have been inconvenienced in both minor and devastating ways, the brave individuals who continue to go to work to fight the pandemic on the front lines face a difficult and scary daily reality.

For those facing COVID-19 head on, their family and friends wait in the wings as prayer warriors, lingering each day for promises of hope and healing for our nation and our world. When we picture them, let us know unequivocally they are a child of the one True God, created with purpose to bring glory and honor to Your name. We lift our healthcare workers up to You, today, God. Psalm 91 reminds us you will rescue us from deadly plagues.

The apostle James wrote, “Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven” (James 5:14-15). Father, we pray over the sick people our healthcare workers are tending to. We know You are our Healer, and You are a miracle worker, God. You can heal COVID-19, and we pray as a church, Your people, and followers of Jesus Christ, for this pandemic to take a miraculous turn towards healing, and a cure. We pray for the cease of its contagious spread and the protection of those caring for the sick and infected.

“So do not fear, for I am with you;” says Isaiah 41:10, “do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” God, You are our Protector and Sustainer. Increase our trust in Your providence, Father. Renew the strength of our healthcare workers and first responders moment by moment. Shield them from the pandemic virus, Father. Calm their anxieties and replace them with the truth of Your word. Increase their courage, and confidence in Your protective hand, amidst the very real fear of this pandemic.

Provide them with wisdom and swiftness, Father, as they treat patients and take careful precautions for their own safety. In the battleground of their minds, and the worried and anxious hearts of their relatives, bring to mind the divinely inspired words of the apostle Paul: “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7 ESV) We have Your peace, Christ. Let us grip it firmly in these scary moments.

We lift up those serving on the front line in this COVID-19 Epidemic from our own Church Family; specifically we lift up:

Shiloh Banning

Howard Mattingly

Lindsey Mays

Charlie McGinley

Tori Peracki

Abby Proteau

Dawn Sharp

Erica Somers

To each of you, we pray that “God, like a bird protecting its young, will cover you with His feathers, will protect you under His great wings; His faithfulness will form a shield around you, a rock-solid wall to protect you” (Psalm 91:4 VOICE paraphrase).

In Christ’s Name, we pray.

Amen.