MARY TAYLOR MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Reverend Dr. Brian Bodt
|at 203-874-1982, or by
cell at 203-895-3753.
Dear Members and Friends of Mary Taylor Memorial Church,
The praying is done. For now.
It has been a privilege to pray for every family on the church mailing list during the first eight months of 2017. My wife Carol
and I embarked on this together, adding an evening devotional time to the one we practice in the morning, praying for two
families a day. We finished on Sunday, August 20th.
It has been a great joy. We prayed for families we know well and some we do not know at all. Some are formal members,
others are friends with interest in our church. All received – or should have received – a postcard noting the date on which we
prayed for you and whether it was morning or evening. If you did not receive such a card, please let us know. Some of you
commented on this with appreciation. To God be the glory!
On Sunday, August 13th, just before we finished praying for you, our District Superintendent and his family worshipped with
us. The Rev. Dr. Alpher Sylvester, his wife Carlene, and their adult son and daughter, Alpher, Jr. and Vanessa, attended
worship and remained for Summer Punch Bowl. As they prepared to leave our campus they asked if they might pray for Carol
and me. It was humbling and deeply moving as the four of them formed a circle to pray for us…and you!
Four days before that – Wednesday, August 9th – our youth and Sunday School leaders met with Neal Bowes, Conference
Youth Coordinator, to seek ways to strengthen our program. A story he shared was that one of his youth came up with the idea
of having youth prayer partners during Lent. He encouraged his youth to share the idea with the group of young people. They
went for it! It was a great lift to the spiritual life of the youth and the congregation.
We already have a robust prayer life on Sunday with our morning intercessions and Monday night as those same intercessions
are offered at our Healing and Wholeness worship. What if we partnered for a set period to pray for a prayer partner and for
others? If you are interested in developing this idea, or participating in it, please let me know.
The praying is never done: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus for you.” (1) Thanks be to God!
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Dr. Brian R. Bodt
(1) Thessalonians 5:16-18
Rev. Dr. Brian R. Bodt