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Pray Constantly, Serve Joyfully, Tell the Story

(First Evangelical Lutheran Church Mission Statement)


Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!

Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything,

by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,

present your requests to God.

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding

will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 
  (Philippians 4:4-8)


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Prayer is one way that Christians live out their faith.  There are many and various ways to pray.  It is suggested that you pray as you can, not as you can’t.  You are part of God’s life, and God calls you to relationship through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Praying…an invitation to embrace a heart-to-heart conversation with God.


Below is listed an acronym (abbreviation) for use in your prayer life. This month, I invite you to try the pattern below and see if it helps you in evolving your prayer life.


T.R.I.P. – is a form of prayer developed by Walter and Ingrid Trobisch. It is patterned after Martin Luther’s way of praying (see August FLAME pastor page).

T = THANKS – as you read the Scripture text consider what God is offering to you and give thanks.

R = REGRET – think of one habit or attitude that is not in agreement with the thanks image in the text, confess this to our Lord.

I = INTERCESSION – ask for God’s Spirit to help you with an inner change to the one specific need or issue spoken of in the “regret” response above.

P = PURPOSE – is there something God is leading you to do today? As specifically as you can, identify one action God is encouraging you to take based on your T.R.I. response.


Thanking and praising God for the gift of prayer.

May we continue to be open to the Holy Spirit’s movement here within and among us.

I remain your partner in ministry.


Pastor Rita Augsburger