Dear Friends and Supporters of MA,
Each month we begin our monthly local and global MA Collaboratives with a prayer service (the later by video conference). Following the five movements of “temple” worship minus the sacraments, we move through praise, confession/applied gospel grace, and scripture with intercession and benediction. It has been interesting to observe which movements most engage our participating church planters/pastors, and during which season.
In early fall, it is often a robust conversation concerning a scripture reading and perhaps prayer for new initiatives in ministry. The mood is ambitious and eager. Getting into late fall-early winter, it trends towards deeply personal intercession and mutual “one-anothering.”
The mood is often dominated by exhaustion, and can be doubtful and despairing. Having completed a high-energy “ramping up” phase in the fall, and now well into an execution phase of various mission/ministry initiatives, our planters/pastors find themselves vulnerable to all sorts of spiritual battles and temptations. Read more...
Affectionately and Enthusiastically,
Rev. Dr. Preston Graham Jr.
Executive Director, Mission Anabaino
Sr. Pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church New Haven