National Day of Prayer

The Grimes County observance of the National Day of Prayer will be Thursday, May 5th, 7:00 PM at the Navasota VFW Post 4006. This prayer time is sponsored by the Grimes County Ministers Fellowship, Navasota Kiwanis Club and VFW Post 4006. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow. 

Memorial Service for Mabel Akin

The family of Mabel Akin will hold a memorial service in her honor at FUMC Navasota on Saturday, May 7, at 2:00 PM. All friends of Mabel are welcome to join her family in celebrating her life at the service and reception that follows in the Fellowship Hall.

World Vision – Global 6K for Water

On Saturday, May 21st, Navasota FUMC will host a ‘party with exercise in the middle of it’, as we host the Global 6k for Water. You can join us by registering here.

This is why we do it: 6 kilometers is the average distance that people in the developing world walk for water; water that is often contaminated with life-threatening diseases. On May 21st, over 19,000 people from around the globe will walk or run an average distance for an extraordinary cause.

If you are unsure about registering to walk/run let us ease your fears a little. Our walk/run course will be four laps on the streets around the church (about one mile each lap). That means if one mile is your limit then one lap will bring you right back to where you started! This way anyone young or not so young that registers can complete as much of the 6K as they possibly can. If you are unable to walk/run then please consider donating to the team.

Remember a party is always better with more partiers, so please come out and join us if you donated/registered or not! We will start our party @ 10 a.m. If you have any questions, please call Navasota FUMC at 936.825.3342

Kairos – Luther Unit, Weekend #8

Please be in prayer for our Kairos Prison Ministry team as they go into the Luther Unit, April 28 – May 1. If you are willing to pray for the weekend let us know so we can add your name to the prayer chain that the residents of the Unit will see in one of the most powerful parts of the Kairos Weekend.

Lenten Prayer: Week 5, Day 6

“I love, too, the deliverance this helplessness brings. In another psalm that emphasizes helplessness, Psalm 25, David wrestles with shame, that vicious hold that others can put upon us. Notice always the difference between guilt, which is largely an internal matter between us and our own souls, and shame, which is inflicted from the outside by the judgments and expectations of others. In Psalm 25 David turns to God in helplessness, and in the process is delivered from shame. Helplessness before God makes us wonderfully less vulnerable to the judgment of others. Having contemplated our limitations before the Eternal, we are marvelously independent of the transient, no matter how vigorously the transient flaunts itself.” Dr. Ellsworth Kalas, “Longing to Pray”

Prayer prompt: Read Psalm 25. Enter into prayer in such a way that you, “turn to God in helplessness, and in the process [are] delivered from shame”. 

Lenten Prayer: Week 5, Day 5

“Just as we never learn except as we admit ignorance, there are places in prayer that we cannot experience except from the posture of helplessness. At such times of consummate need we learn things not only about the person extending friendship, but also about our own person. We probably know very little about ourselves until we see what we are like when backed into a corner or at the end of our rope. The psalmists emerged from their experiences of helplessness as better persons. David prayed in Psalm 25, “[God] leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way” (Psalm 25:9). One must be humble to be led, because following is a tacit admission the other person knows something we don’t. That’s probably why some of us would rather wander in confusion around a city than ask for directions. So, too, if we are to be taught, we have to “humble [our] way.” Any of us who have tried to teach have learned how difficult it is to instruct those who already – by their own declaration – know everything.” Dr. Ellsworth Kalas, “Longing to Pray”

Prayer prompt: Consider all the things you need that only God can provide. Take on a posture of helplessness before God that allows you to say, “thank you”, to the One who provides for all those needs.

Lenten Prayer: Week 5, Day 4

“Repentance is crucial not only for our relationship with another; it is an equally crucial quality in a person’s relationship with his or her own soul. Dean W. R. Inge, a theologian who was also a pungent observer of the human scene, once said, “Prayer gives a [person] the opportunity of getting to know a gentleman he hardly ever meets. I do not mean his maker, but himself.” Repentance is key to the knowing of ourselves. We’ll never get very deep into self-knowing without feeling the need to repent, to be sorry – before God, before those closest to us, perhaps even to the human race as a whole.” Dr. Ellsworth Kalas, “Longing to Pray”

Prayer prompt: As you pray a prayer of repentance before God, who comes to mind? As we are “sorry before God”, are there others who we become aware of that we need to be sorry before, “those closest to us, perhaps even to the human race as a whole”? If it happens that God leads you to a particular person to whom you need to be sorry before, make it a point today to repent before that person as well.

Lenten Prayer: Week 6, Day 3

“I am sometimes uncomfortable when I hear the psalmist speaking so assuredly of his own merit. Some would reply that I was probably raised on a good deal of self-condemnation. Perhaps, though I doubt that it was excessive. Then, too, it may be that the psalmists were, in the particular instances of self-appraisal, being necessarily defensive. There are times when we ought to speak a good word for ourselves. Indeed, sometimes we attack ourselves with a virulence that would cause us to rise up in wrath if the same words were spoken by another. So let’s say a cautiously good word for the psalmists in their readiness to speak well of themselves. I say “cautiously good” because you and I belong to a culture that is so intent on nurturing delicate egos that we’re generally more in need of recognizing our sins than of boasting of our virtues. No matter; we ought above all to be honest with God, and in those instances where we have gained ground in the pursuit of righteousness or where this time we have done good where at other times we’ve done bad, let us be honest in accepting the goodness, and be thankful.” Dr. Ellsworth Kalas, “Longing to Pray”

Prayer prompt: As you enter into prayer today consider where you have, “gained ground in the pursuit of righteousness”. If you can’t see it for yourself ask God to show it to you. After you see it, give God thanks for that ground that has been gained through the power of the Holy Spirit active in you.

Lenten Prayer: Week 5, Day 2

“Now and again the psalmists pray for judgment on their enemies, but sometimes they catch themselves in the process and examine their own souls, lest their cry for divine vengeance get completely out of hand. In Psalm 139, the writer has just asked God to send judgment on his enemies; but without pausing for a breath he continues, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24). The writer thinks he is right, and thinks it deeply enough that he is ready to pray judgment on someone else. And yet, he pauses to confess that he just could be wrong, that there might be some “wicked way” in him, so he urges God to search out his heart. He invites the convicting guilt that will compel him to repent.” Dr. Ellsworth Kalas, “Longing to Pray”

Prayer prompt: If there is one thing that we need more of in our world it is examination of our own souls, and most of all when we think we are right. What are you most certain about today? Is there anyone or any group of people who you are, “ready to pray judgment on”? Consider them, then pray that God will search out your heart and if needed invite the convicting guilt of God to compel you to repent.

Lenten Prayer: Week 5, Day 1

“Most of us have heard someone say regretfully of a friendship, “I never heard him say he was sorry.” Even the most earnest friendship or the most ecstatic marriage needs these two words, because even though one may not have caused hurt intentionally, all of us in our humanness sometimes speak an unfortunate word or commit a thoughtless deed; and though no malice was intended, we still need to say, “I’m sorry” – not because we intended to bring hurt, but because the other person has suffered pain. In friendship, regret goes deep and demands expression.” Dr. Ellsworth Kalas, “Longing to Pray”

Prayer prompt: While engaging in your God-human friendship through prayer, practice saying, “I’m sorry”. If you need a little help use Psalm 32 as your guide.