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Ways We Share Each Others Joys and Concerns

Prayer is a central part of our ministry to one another at Calvin. Through prayer, we give thanks for God's blessings and patience, we seek God's guidance and mercy, and we strengthen our bonds of faith and caring. We pray individually; we pray as a church; and always, we pray with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 6:18 (NIRV) At all times, pray by the power of the Spirit. Pray all kinds of prayers. Be watchful, so that you can pray. Always keep on praying for all of God's people

Candle flame and the words 'Prayer. Conversations with God.' During worship on Sunday mornings, we share "Joys and Concerns" and pray for those people and events that are mentioned. If you would like to share a prayer concern or joy during a service, write your request on a Joy/Concern card that you will find outside the sanctuary or in the pews. Ushers will collect them during the first hymn.

The Sunday bulletin also includes an insert with prayer families for the week, as well as lists of people with ongoing prayer needs who are either part of the Calvin family or connected to people at Calvin. If you'd like for your concern to be included in the Sunday bulletin, note "bulletin" on the card, or simply speak to a deacon or email your request to You can also submit an additional prayer request or update one that's listed at that same email address or with a note in the attendance register. Concerns will be listed in the bulletin for three weeks, unless a request to either continue or cancel is received.

For those times when you miss a Sunday or feel a bit out of touch, you can also receive weekly prayer updates. They are emailed in the middle of the week and include the prior Sunday's written "Joys and Concerns" and the lists of people we pray for on a longer-term basis. Again, let us know that you'd like to be added to the email list by telling a deacon or emailing us at

Finally, we have an active Prayer Chain of people who want to be called on to lift up immediate or urgent prayer requests. Most are contacted by email, with the thought that whenever they open the email, they will pray right then and there for guidance from the Holy Spirit and pray for that individual's situation. Prayer warriors without access to email will receive a phone call. In the event that you need for the Prayer Chain to be activated, contact your deacon or the pastor by phone, or email us at or If you would like to receive prayer chain notifications, let us know that too, and we'll see that you are added to the email or phone Prayer Chain list.


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