GOD SURPRISE US!
Our Theme for 2017 at Spirit of Hope is "Building Bridges to Serve" and we're recruiting people to pray for the ministries of SOH as we build bridges through service to reach more people for Christ. Currently, we have 53 ministries. Won't you adopt one, pray over it daily for the rest of 2017? Imagine the power, imagine the answers to prayer, imagine God at work through our hands and feet! Look through the list, and email the church office through the link at the bottom and let us know which one YOU are praying for!
Spirit of Hope Ministries
Carpet - Facilities in Ministry
Custodian - Debbie Stahl
Director of Music
Habitat for Humanity
Hearts Aflame - Saturday Worship
Jazz for the Soul
Lay Leadership - George, Eleanor & Keith
Sea Cadets - LoriBeth, Duane & Jack
Social Media Outreach
Spiritual Disciplines in the Church
Staff Parish Relations Team
Tuesday at SOH Study
VBS - Vacation Bible School
West Valley Community Food Pantry
Women's Bible Study
Worship - Sunday
Worship Dance Team
Worship Leader - Bill Gouge & Worship Team
Youth Mission Trip
We believe in the power of prayer &
we want Spirit of Hope to be a "House of Prayer"
"these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer". - Isaiah 56:7
We have embarked on a purposeful journey of prayer to encourage each to engage God in conversation, simply, honestly, and often. To help teach prayer and to create a common bond we are sharing a simple prayer, adding to it every seven weeks, and encouraging each other.
Here's how it starts:
Good morning God!
Lord, surprise us!
Make our faith greater than our fears.
Grow us in the covering in your love. Lord, today I'd like to talk to you about...
Lent Prayer Devotional 2017
The Lenten Prayer devotional is available now! Download a PDF by clicking the image and print your own copy or send the link to a friend. Share your stories; how is God blessing you through your reading and praying the devotions? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.
Advent Devotional: Advent Journey
The people of Spirit of Hope and our sister church Spirit Song (also here in Peoria) have joined forces to write an Advent devotional for the 28 days of Advent. Advent is a season of preparation for Christmas - the "arrival" or "coming" of Jesus as a baby and that is what the word Advent means.
We want to share the devotions with you so click on the button and you can download your own copy or share it with a friend. A daily devotion leading up to Christmas just might be the thing to make an ordinary Christmas - extraordinary. May it be a blessing to you!
(Bound copies can be ordered by going to our store page. They are available for $5 to cover printing and mailing.)
You may have a strong life of prayer, but we want to invite you to join us in praying this simple prayer every day either as you begin your regular prayers or to simply call yourself to God's presence.
We'd love to hear how God might be responding to this prayer so below you'll find a place to leave a testimony as a way to encourage others and proclaim God's presence in the world today.
In the continuing development of our corporate "Surprise us, God." prayer we have focused our attention on key verses about prayer, the study and comprehension of each.
Here is the eighth of twelve verses we have been, and will be continuing to meditate upon, and reading through daily studies from mid-February to mid-March. Here is the verse:
Colossians 4:2-4The Message (MSG)
Pray for Open Doors Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. Don’t forget to pray for us, that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I’m locked up in this jail. Pray that every time I open my mouth I’ll be able to make Christ plain as day to them.
Context to Paul’s Prayer:
Paul is writing to the church at Colosse. We know that Colosse was a city among the travel crossroads between the east and west of its day. (the trade route between Ephesus and the Euphrates). It was Roman and Greek and many other cultures combined. It is unlikely from the relevant texts that Paul was ever actually there, but he expressed a desire to visit whenever he was released from the Roman prison, wherein he languishes as our verse is written.
As in previous texts we see Paul encourage diligent prayer, and he calls upon the church to be watchful, for there are dangers facing believers from an unbelieving world. He also asks for the body to continue in covering prayer, that their spoken words will open hearts and deliver souls to the cause of Jesus Christ, and for the salvation of those who will hear the apostles speak. Finally, Paul briefly mentions his imprisonment as a reason for their earnest prayer, so that even in chains he can continue in the work to which he has been called. And he finishes his request for prayer to include his own ability to speak boldly, and to be clearly heard and understood; that his hearers will respect and believe fully that Paul has nothing more than the love of Christ to share,
Paul’s Prayer (Colossians 4:2-5):
referral to 7 prior verses
Hebrews 4:16; Philippians 4:6-7; John 15:7; Mark 11:23-24; James 5:13-16 Philippians 1:3-5, 9-11; Ephesians 3:14-19