Thursday, January 21, 2010

President Obama Needs Our Prayers

Recent days have been most troubling for our Commander-In-Chief. Since taking office one year ago, this bright young man, full of intellect and vision set our country out on a course toward new opportunities while healing ourselves from the vestages of two wars, a failing economy, record national employment rates, eschalating home foreclosures and a national citizenry grown weary with Washington's inability in inact change for the benefit of families, senior citizens, children and communities across the country.

Our President has had a tough time from day one. He came into office with our finances in a total wreck. He came into office as a war president, engaged in theatres on two foreign fronts. All the while, he has given so much of himself to move a health care bill through Congress that would enable tens-of-thousands of Americans to receive quality heath care. Barack Obama is a man whom we can truly say is carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. And then, at the end of the day, he has a family; a wife and two lovely daughters who need his nuture, some of his time and a great deal of his love.

We must pray for our President. For behind the scenes, out of view of the national press, you will find a man and his family. The Obama's! Take a moment right now to lift our nation's First Family in prayer. Ask God to provide protection, insight, courage, wisdom and hope for this rising star in world history. God bless the President and his family.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Offering for Haitian Crisis to be received Sunday, January 31, 2010

Good Afternoon Beloved: The humanitarian needs for Haiti continues to increase as each day passes since Tuesday, January 12, 2010 when an earthquake devestated this small Carribbian Island inhabited by nearly two million people.

On Sunday, January 31, Canaan Baptist Church of Christ will receive a freewill offering from our disciples and other people of goodwill to send to the mission to save lives and restore homes of countless who have suffered tremendous loss. I am asking each of you to pray about what you may be able to give for this cause. Our Social Action Commission will be working with the American Red Cross to facilitate our contribution in the region. So remember, Sunday, January 31, 2010 is Haiti Relief Day at Canaan. Please come prepared to make a generous offering to support this cause.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Canaan Will Respond To Crisis in Haiti

By now we are all aware of the devestating earthquake that took place in Haiti earlier this week. Our prayers go out to families who have suffered loss and are missing loved ones; the govermental leaders of Haiti; relief workers on the grounds and on the to Haiti to assist in rescue and recovery.

Please be assured that Canaan will do her part in supporting the relief effort in Haiti. I have asked our Social Action Commission to take the lead in this effort. I expect to speak with Commission leader Howard Inman in the next few days and as soon as possible, we will announce to the congregation what we intend to do and how each disciple can help.

For now, let us continue to pray that God will relieve the suffering on the part of the People of Haiti.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Canaan Week of Fasting and Day of Prayer

Happy New Year to the Canaan Family and to all our friends around the world who keep in touch via our Website. Our prayer is that 2010 will be a year of good health and prosperity for each of you. This week, January 4-9, Canaan is observing of week of fasting and prayer. On Wednesday, January 6, the sanctuary will be set aside for a day of silent prayer. You are invited to come to Canaan between the hours of 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and prayer with others as we seek help and guidance from the Lord. For those of you who may not be able to attend, please remember Canaan in your private and public petitions to God. To assist you, I am providing a list of our prayer concerns and other information relative to our Day of Prayer.

Canaan Baptist Church of Christ
Harlem, NY
Our Theme for 2010 – WE BELIEVE! (Philippians 4)

Day of Prayer
Wednesday, January 6, 2009
9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.

”And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” Matthew 21:22

Throughout this day, our church family gathers to express our thanks to the Savior and to beseech the help of The Almighty to aid us in this season of challenge. We encourage each disciple to enter the sanctuary and spend to with God in prayer. Listed below is a list of prayer concerns for which we ask you to take before the Lord.

· For Forgiveness of our sins
· For peace in the United States and around the world
· For Canaan Baptist Church of Christ and each of her disciples
· For Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Johnson, Sr. and his family
· For our Pastor Emeritus, Rev. Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker and his family
· For our Pastoral and Administrative Staff
· For the Vision God has placed among us through our Senior Pastor
· For Unity within our Church Family
· For our outgoing Chairs of the Official Board, Deacons Marvin Pettus, Anthony Petersen and Robert Turner and their families
· For the incoming Officers of the Official Board Deacons Johnnie Davis, Louise Gadsen and Walter Mayo and their families
· For outgoing members of our Board of Trustees including Chairman William Bazemore
· For incoming trustees including our new Chair Gertene Winston-Luccas and their families
· For the sick and shut-in disciples of our church family
· For the poor and grieving families among us
· For all commissions and ministries in our congregation

Reverse side
· For the Holy Spirit to inspire love and true fellowship among us
· For the end of this economic recession and the increase of employment opportunities for our disciples and others around the nation
· For Tommy Rembert and Leslie Powell, parents of the late Kyle Rembert
· For strengthening of our stewardship and financial blessings upon Canaan and each of her disciples
· For President Barack Obama; Governor David Paterson and all others who lead us during this time of economic crisis.
· For the end of war in Iraq, Afghanistan and in other places in the world

Please Feel Free to Add Your Prayer Request and Leave for others as they enter for Prayer!
God,Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,the Courage to change the things I canand the Wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;Enjoying one moment at a time;Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.
Taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.
Trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life,and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

May God richly bless you and remember, "We Believe!"