Prayer Concerns
• Malinda Chalmers – at home, recent hospital stay with diverticulitis.
• Madge Strickland – upcoming dermatology treatments for cancerous spot.
• Jim Davis – now home after stay at NHC with congestive heart failure.
• Pat Henry – home, considering next steps for heart issues.
• Jimmy & Revonda Reames – NHC, both in rehab after recent health challenges.
• Mike & Susan Little – Mike taking cancer treatment, Susan has several health issues.
• Debbie Campbell – Greenville Memorial, recent accident. Will be there several days.
• Francis Feighner – cancer related to her lungs, beginning treatments soon.
• Linda Dickens – recent stroke, slowly recovering.
• Keith Blore – recent procedure for small tumor, considering next steps.
• Wayland Sherman – diagnosed with prostate cancer. Started chemo, doing very well.
• Bryson Davis – recovering at home from four wheeler accident.
• Jim & Elaine Sumeral – homebound, ongoing health issues.
• Allyson Sherer- continues to do well overall, positive recent doctors’ visits.
• Carolyn Madden – cognitive/physical issues.
• Jane Ivey – recent surgery, hopeful to begin to feel better.
• Bill Ramey – continuing to take treatments.
• Joan Owings – NHC, continues to receive care/treatment.

Announcements
Giving: Thank you for your continued generosity to FBC through your tithes and offerings. Please continue to be faithful to the best of your ability.

Worship Options: We will continue to post a worship service every Sunday on our website and via the FBC Laurens App. You may also listen to our service on WLBG at 11:05 each Sunday morning. In person worship resumes Sunday, June 21.

Youth Wednesday Evening Virtual Study: 6pm each Wednesday evening. Please contact Haymes Harlan (harlanlaura@ymail.com) or George Lewis Compton (glcompton4@gmail.com) for more info.

Sunday Evening Vespers: Sunday evenings June 7 & 14 at 6pm on the parking lot. Bring an outdoor chair, food and join us to fellowship and have a brief time of worship together. We will sit an appropriate space apart to practice good social distancing.

FBC Deacon Nominations/Elections: Have been postponed until we can be back together in person. Once normal programming resumes new dates will be set for both the nomination and the election process.

Reflecting Together

Read: Philippians 4:6-7

Anxiety is a thief that robs our joy, our piece of mind, and even our health. Even though we know the effect of anxiety on our lives, we still are prone to worry. We all have our pet worries. We worry about getting sick. We worry about getting caught. We worry about dying. We worry about living. We worry about what has happened, what will happen, what might happen, what isn’t happening, or that nothing will happen.

There will always be something to worry about. But rather than wish for a problem-free life, we should take Paul’s advice. Instead of worrying and fretting about everything, we should take our concerns to God through prayer.

Prayer is relational communication with God. Every time that we begin to worry, we should view these feelings as a call from God telling us that it is time to pray. There is an important principle to take note of here. The more we worry, the less we pray. The more we pray, the less we worry.

Prayer is the umbrella word under which Paul includes “petition with thanksgiving”. The term “petition” means that we should be specific about our worries and ask for God’s help. It is not a time for general prayers. Instead, we need to make sure that our petitions are specific. It is a time to get real with God.

God also wants us to make requests “with thanksgiving.” When we have a problem or concern that doesn’t seem to go away, giving thanks may not be at the top of our priority list. But Paul encourages us to give thanks not for the problem itself but for the God that we are inviting into our specific problem. Offering thanks is a demonstration of faith in God’s goodness and provision despite what we see happening around us.

If we pray about our problems instead of worrying about them, Paul says that God will give us peace. In other words, we will experience peace in the midst of chaos. We will know God has heard our prayer, not because the problem has been solved, but because of the peace that God gives us. Paul calls it a peace that “surpasses all understanding” because even we won’t entirely understand how we are able to have such peace in light of some of the troubles we experience.

This peace also guards our hearts and our minds. As it guards our minds, we do not have to fret about things that worry us. When God’s peace guards our heart, we are free to experience joy because we are released from the burden of worry that we have been carrying. God’s peace frees us to live life as God wants us to.

Pull out your favorite worry and turn it over to God today.

Consider this:
• Corrie ten Boom famously asked the question, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” What do you think this question means? How would you personally answer it?
• During times of anxiety, why is it important to be specific in our prayers? Why is it important to be thankful?
• Read John 14:27. What is the difference between the “peace” that the world gives and the peace God gives?

Prayer: Father, thank you for your great love and tender care for me. Forgive me for the times when I worry and fret about things in this life before I bring it to you in prayer. Teach me Father, on all days, to bring everything to You first, so that I might know the peace that only you can provide, that I might live each day more fully. In Jesus Name, Amen.