How important do we think is the need for joining as a community to pray? This weekend Jesus suggests to us that “if two of you on earth agree about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted them by my heavenly Father.” It would seem that while individual prayer is important, the need for communal prayer is held in a higher esteem. What might we contemplate in this light?
Jesus suggests the need for agreement. In different words, we might say a “shared vision.” If two or more people are not in agreement, accomplishments are not readily achieved. Consider for a moment any issue within our present world. Does anyone agree on what the solution is? With differing ideas, does anyone have the motivation to work at making something happen? How many issues remain in limbo because no one is willing to agree on one plan? Jesus is inviting prayer as the means to find that shared vision. God grants us the wisdom to see more clearly what is needed. From our prayer, we can be motivated into action. We come to hear the Word of God so that we might be sent to put into action what we have come to believe. If prayer is the means to the shared vision, then the need to gather as a community is essential, not optional.
In this light, we might question how important is it to attend church on weekends? How important is it to attend daily Mass? Should we have times to gather and pray apart from Mass? Should we have multiple ways that we as a church gather to pray? Are the world’s problems solved because we gather in prayer? Or is this a wishful, silly notion? Would we say that the problems of the world are growing in proportion to the decrease in numbers of people attending church? Jesus promises that our heavenly Father will grant whatever we ask when we are in agreement. Faith is the invitation to say that we gather to grow in agreement so that we might receive the grace offered by God due to our prayer. Will we take Jesus’ words seriously and what might happen if we do?
Sharing news about the parish . . .
On behalf of Fr. Matt and myself, I want to thank all the servers and their families for the help provided this summer. We appreciate the sacrifice and willingness to be present at the early daily Mass – THANK YOU!
Volunteers are vital to programs of education. Faith Formation and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults need active, excited St. Anne’s members who are willing to share the faith with those who come to learn about our Catholic tradition. St. Anne Parish is awaiting volunteers to help us this year meet the needs of our children and adults who want to learn the faith. Are you willing to offer your insight? Please contact John Schmitt for Faith Formation or Deacon Erv Burkhardt for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. We continue to have need and response is weak – isn’t someone willing to step forward and help?
Diocesan Annual Appeal – our goal is $99,193. In September, the DVD will be shared which explains the many good works accomplished by this Appeal. Following this weekend, the request for donations to help with this Appeal happens. Please prayerfully consider what you are willing to support – your help will be much appreciated.
Hope the start of the school year is going well for all! May the blessings of God be showered upon you this week!