Giving the Kids a Boost on our Shoulders

September 5, 2011
Kids don’t come with Instruction Manuals!  And we recognize that of all the jobs we are given in our lifetimes, raising the next generation is our biggest assignment! Our community’s kids will have much bigger and more complicated assignments than we could even imagine.
 
When and where do you get a breather to talk about your parenting job in a lighthearted way with people who understand?
 
In the hustle and bustle of life, do you need a spot to stop and share your victories and shortcomings in a safe and supportive setting?
 
This is a Small Group that will focus on Parenting, but it is open to Grandparents, Foster Parents, Encouragers, Prayers, and really everyone who is committed to raising the next generation to be even stronger than we are in their love for God and for one another.
 
It is sponsored by the Raytown Vineyard Church, but it is for anyone who wants to give a boost to the next generation by investing in our community’s kids and grandkids.

Still not sure about it?

Check out the “Come and See” event on Friday, September 9 at the Truesdale Home.  We will kick off at 7 with Snacks, and will start the program at 7:30. See if this is something worth spending 2 nights a month doing. No commitments–just check it out.  And by the way, feel free to bring the kids!

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Sharing a Blessing of Love with Raytown on Valentines Weekend

February 13, 2011

 

This prayer was delivered as a Blessing of Love at the Raytown Vinyeard Church on Sunday, February 13, 2011 by Lead Pastor Tim Truesdale:

Our Father who is in Heaven, we pause right now on Valentine’s Weekend and declare that you are the Sovereign God.  You are Holy.  You are mighty.  You are worthy of all of our praise.

We ask that you would reach down and grant us access to the heavenly realms where you are seated.  We ask you to lift us up to your holy throne.  Although none of us is worthy, we ask you to cover us with your love and with the blood of Jesus.

God, on this Valentine’s Day we humbly recognize that none of us is capable of generating pure love without you filling us with your Holy Spirit.  It truly takes God to love God. Come and fill us, Holy Spirit.

We stop to consider your first commandment~which is to love You with all our hearts.  O God, we are amazed at the lengths you have gone to demonstrate what wholehearted Love looks like.  We are amazed every time we think that you would your place of glory to show us how much you love us.  So you could show us how earnestly the Father desired to woo us to Himself.

We say that you have loved humanity so well.  We say that you have loved our country so well.  We say that you have loved our community so well.  We say that you have loved our church so well.  We say that you have loved our families so well.  We say that you have loved us so well.

And our Loving God, at the very center of your call to us, you invite us to direct our entire lives around your love for us, and our love for you.
We are bold to step up and confess today that we have not loved you with our whole hearts.  We have enjoyed brief moments of sweet intimacy with you, and then we have sadly moved on to lesser pursuits.

To be perfectly honest, we have pursued pleasures that are unworthy of those who have experienced the God of Love.  We have pursued “good” things that are not Your best for us.  And we have even been so wrapped up with serving you that we have at times lost track of your primary desire—and your first commandment—for us to love you with all our hearts.

O God of Love, we come before you today with hearts that are aching from great need.  We need you to stir up Love for You in us.  We come as humbly as we can.  Not because of any spiritual achievement on our part, but because of your great love and mercy towards us.

For this personal and corporate shortcoming at loving you less then wholeheartedly, we are truly sorry, we humbly repent, and we seek your loving forgiveness.

In Jesus name, we bless each one who is here today with an overflow of unlimited Love for God, without measure.  Dear God of Love, for the sake of Your Love, we bless each person in our church and community who is need today of a refilling and refueling of Love for you. 

And we invite you to remind us again and again of your word that you have brought us to your banqueting table, and your banner over us is love.

I speak words of Love over our church and our community, I am bold to declare that we will pursue unashamedly to fall more in love with you each and every day, as long as you give us the strength and the Love to continue.

All this we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Sharing a Blessing of Hope with Raytown

January 26, 2011

 

This prayer was delivered as a Blessing of Hope at the Raytown Area Chamber Lunch on Wednesday, Janaury 26 by Lead Pastor Tim Truesdale:

Creator God, we pause right now and recognize the amazing blessings that you have poured out on our community.  We have food, clothing, shelter, housing, we have friendship, peace in our streets, and amazing religious freedom.  When we honestly compare our lives to conditions faced in the rest of the world, we are truly humbled.  

It is from a place of humbled gratitude, that we pause to speak up and speak out for those in our community who are in need of hope today.

Creator God, we need hope to live this abundant life that you have created us to live.  We recognize that hope is like oxygen for us. Without hope, we are paralyzed, and our lives begin to shut down.

Many of us in the Raytown community are in need of hope today.  

We have neighbors who are hungry and whose cupboards are bare. We need your hope today.

Many are working as hard as they can to provide for their families, who are facing unemployment, foreclosure, bankruptcy.  We need your hope today.

All of the special men and women who work tirelessly with our needy neighbors day in and day out.  We need your hope today.

Many whose businesses and organizations are changing at a breakneck speed that is difficult to keep up with. We need your hope today.

And many are facing severe relationship wounds.  

Some are facing spiritual crises today.

So Creator God, with an honest appraisal of your need for your hope, we come before you today.  We come as humbly as we can.  Not because of any spiritual achievemnt on our part, but because of your great love and mercy towards us.

We rest in the faith that you have an incredible plan for each one of us, and that you have an incredible plan for our community. We recognize that all things work together for good for those who love you and are part of your purpose.

And Creator God, we confess that each one of us has placed our hope in something other than you from time to time.  We have put our trust in things that were created by you, instead of putting our trust in you, our creator.  For this mistake, we are truly sorry, we humbly repent, and we seek your loving forgiveness.

We acknowledge that you have the power to stir up hope,  and in Jesus name, we bless each one who is here today with an overflow of your unlimited hope, without measure.  Creator God, we bless each person in our community who is need today of your hope and encouragement.  

And we invite you to remind us again and again of your word that “in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.”

We will continue to work at those things you have given us to do, as long as you give us the strength and the hope to continue.

All this we pray in your Holy Name.  Amen.


The Raytown Vineyard Church Serves the Community

May 5, 2010

On Saturday, the City of Raytown held its Community Clean-Up Day that allowed community residents to dispose of excess household items.  This event was co-sponsored by the Raytown Parks & Recreation Department, the Raytown Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Shepherd’s Center of Raytown. 

We were honored to participate by providing hospitality for City staff and volunteers, in partnership with the City, Chamber of Commerce, Hy-Vee and Benetti’s Coffee Experience.