CONGREGATIONAL

PRAYER GUIDE

– REOPENING

Please keep Cornerstone in your prayers as we anticipate an eventual return to in-person ministries. Use this guide in your personal and small group and family prayer times.

THANKSGIVING.  Thank God for our staff teams, church board and congregation for their faithful service and support through this faith-stretching time.Thank God for the many ways he has grown, sustained and provided for Cornerstone throughout the pandemic. Thank God for the many lives that have been touched for Jesus through our online, community and global ministries since the pandemic began

We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
– 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3; 5:18

IDEAS FOR FAMILIES

  • Use our staff page to put a name to a face while praying
  • Think about an add-water-and-it-grows activity or yeast in a bread recipe or even try exploding a water bottle in the freezer

We are thankful that God has expanded and grown us this year!

WISDOM | VISION. Pray that God would give Cornerstone’s leadership the wisdom, insight and discernment needed to make good decisions on behalf of the church, especially given the uncertainty and unpredictability of the current climate. Pray especially for the wise integration of our online ministries with our in-person ministries. Pray too for vision about the longer-term future of the church, including the eventual renewal of plans to plant a campus and develop a leadership institute.

So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honour and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
– Colossians 1:9-10

IDEAS FOR FAMILIES

  • Do a puzzle together, try first without the picture on the box
    • If you just had one piece would you know what this puzzle is about?
    • Why is it easier to do when we see the whole picture?
    • God helps us see things we can’t see and know things we can’t know, he sees the BIG picture when we do not. We need his wisdom.
  • Do an experiment with celery:
    • Fill 3 jars with water. Add food colouring to 2 jars (one jar is the control), then add celery, make sure to freshly cut the end. Wait a couple of days.
    • What happens?

Pray that we would “soak up” God and grow in wisdom, just like celery the colours (fruit) of God will show up in our ministry and our lives!

UNITY. Different people will have different comfort levels, preferences and feelings as we transition back to in-person ministries. This is normal. Pray that we will all be gracious and patient with each other as we continue to make adjustments and gradually settle into more predictable and consistent rhythms of ministry.

May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.
– Romans 15:5-7

IDEAS FOR FAMILIES

  • Ahead of time, break a pack of spaghetti in half so that you’ll have enough noodles for this activity
    • Give everyone an uncooked noodle, ask them to break it!
    • Give everyone 10 uncooked noodles, can they break them?
    • See who can break the most noodles at the same time
    • Just like the noodles, we are stronger together! When we choose to be a part of a community we can support each other.
  • Gather two types of blocks: ones that don’t fit together (Jenga, Keva, foam) and ones that do (Lego/duplo or Mega Blocks). Which ones build a stronger structure? Why?

Blocks come in different shapes, sizes and colours. But the ones that fit together all have something in common and together they work to build strong/tall/amazing things. Pray that we would work together for God’s amazing purposes!

PROVISION. Pray that God will raise up the people needed to serve in various ministry roles in the church, both in-person and online. Pray too that God will provide for our staffing, finances and other resource needs so that Cornerstone will be well-positioned for the post-pandemic era of ministry and mission.

And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
– Philippians 4:13

IDEAS FOR FAMILIES

  • Give each family member a piece of paper (nothing else). Explain that they must make as many shapes as they can think of using only their paper
    • What is the hardest to make?
    • Why was this task difficult?
    • Now give them scissors and a new piece of paper, same instructions
    • Lastly give them scissors, templates or stencils, a pencil and a new paper, it’s now much easier with the right tools!

We humbly ask God to give us EVERYTHING we need to be successful in the mission he has given us: Making Space for Jesus to Shape People Together in God’s Love

BATTLE-READINESS. Pray that we will stay alert and stand against any enemy schemes or attacks in a time of change that has been confusing and tiring for many. Pray that we will remain persistent in prayer at all times.

A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
– Ephesians 6:10-11, 18

IDEAS FOR FAMILIES

  • Make a shield however you’d prefer. Gather stickers or jewels or even label dots or a bingo dapper. Add an “embellishment” to your shield each time you pray together for Cornerstone’s reopening. You could even keep your shield in a prominent place until your first Sunday back in our building!
  • Do some study on the armour of God – really great imagery and lots of ideas on pinterest!

Pray that we would be strong, brave and on guard!

LOVE. Pray that we may be well-established in the experience of Christ’s love, so we may continue to grow as disciples and bear much fruit in the mission God has given us as a church: “Making space for Jesus to shape people together in God’s love.”

May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.
– Ephesians 3:19

IDEAS FOR FAMILIES

  • Learn about plants!
    • Take out books at the library (still available by appointment or for pick up)
    • Watch YouTube videos together
    • Dry beans will grow if you soak them a little first and then keep them in a warm spot with a damp paper towel
  • Or go on a hike or walk where you can find large trees
    • Why do plants need roots?
    • Can a tree grow big without a root system?
    • How deep do you think roots for this tree go?

Jesus’ LOVE is like rich soil, it has the nutrients we need to grow! We need to dig our roots deep into who Jesus is and his love for us!
Pray for Cornerstone to be rooted in Jesus’ Love!