Pathway Family Worship Guide

Pathway Family Worship Guide  

  1. Time and place:
Choose a day of the week (Sunday if possible) and a time that best fits for you family. Do not exceed one hour.  But within the hour, mix things up with singing, sharing, explaining, and praying for each other.  You will be amazed at how fast the time goes.
  1. Have a reading plan.
Chose a plan of reading your Bible. If you are following the Gospel Project the chapters and verses are laid out for you.  If not, choose a book of the Bible to go through together.  If you have small children, keep it simple with Psalms or New Testament examples such as stories.  Children can follow story lines.  So use appropriate readings like Ruth or Esther, or even the parables of Jesus.  With older kids, you can just go through a book of the Bible.
  1. Involve the family.
Every family member who can read should have a Bible to follow along. Set the tone by reading Scripture with expression, tone and emphasis like you were reading the words of a play.  Share the reading with members of your family and help them read with emphasis.  You will have to help them pronounce certain words, and even explain what they mean. Read and prepare yourself ahead of time. You might provide explanations of the material as you read certain passages.

Fear Not! And Don’t Panic!

There is no reason that Christians should fear. Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My Righteous Right Hand.  

  1. Respond with Faith – We trust in God

Thoughts on Prayer

Learning how to pray

“The LORD would speak.. (with Moses) ..face to face, as one speaks to a friend.”

Jesus: “My sheep listen to My voice;  I know them, and they follow Me.”

Prayer has been the one practice that cannot be scientifically proven… other than that patients who pray to God & have people praying vocally over them generally do much better & heal faster. 

“Prayer is more than a lighted candle,” insists the theologian George A. Buttrick. “It is the contagion of health. It is the pulse of Life.”

A real relationship with God means walking with Him daily, like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  It means talking with Him intimately, 

Mark 1:35 “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, and left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed.”

The greatest person who ever lived on this planet was preeminently a Man of prayer.  After being Baptized, after meeting most of those who would be his disciples, He sent them home.  Before beginning His ministry, He would go into the wilderness and fast and pray for 40 days and nights.  At the end of that time Satan came to test Him. 

The priority of prayer is found in one way or another on almost every page of the Bible and in every chapter of church history. It is neither a peripheral theme nor an optional extra for the desperate and the devout.

How to “PRAY”: An acronym P=Pause  R =Rejoice  A=Ask  Y=Yield

        A 4 fold Circle of Prayer

Your Guide for 15 minutes of Prayer daily

  1. Choose a time and place
  2. Sacred meeting between you & God – no interruptions, music, phone,
  3. Know that He wants to meet you more than you want to meet with Him
  4. Talk out loud to God,(Whisper if you must)what’s currently on your mind
  5. If you run out of things to say then just listen.. come expecting to hear

Prayer does not belong to some other time in history, nor to some other type of person more spiritual or disciplined or experienced than you and me. Prayer is nothing at all unless it is a matter of vast and all-consuming importance for each one of us.

And it means listening attentively to his voice because, as Jesus said, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow Me.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
Below you will find a great resource for family reading and gifting. It comes from Chuck Colson’s website listed below and was written by Eric Metaxas. Let me encourage you to go to their website which has outstanding resources for navigate our culture in these difficult times. Eric is an excellent author and I encourage you to read anything he writes.
Blessings, Pastor Mike

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Was by 
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On the Move

The word is getting out that Pathway Fellowship is in the process of buying the Historic, Victorian Caldwell Mansion on Greenback Lane as our new home. Understandably it has raised some doubts and fears of what might happen to the Mansion. The last 2 groups who have sought to buy the Mansion were going to raze it to the ground and build new edifices for their businesses. They were both turned down because of their goal of destroying the mansion. Our offer to buy the Mansion has been accepted by the sellers because our intent is to restore and keep the Mansion as a historical building and site.