Here's another example of something I want you to do, in fact, if I could I would require each and every one of you to do it. Because not only it is good for you...not only will it enhance your connection with God...but it is a tangible way for you to show how much you love and care about the people in your Oasis family who desperately need your help.
I told you not too long ago that one of the things we needed to do better in the years to come is to keep making prayer part of the DNA of who we are. Over the past couple of years, we've held four or five lengthy times of prayer: 24/7, 24/3, that kind of thing. And every time we do it, I plead, cajole, encourage, inflict guilt (except I try not to do that too much, you never want to force anyone to love you!) in an effort to say to you that this is going to be really good for you! And it doesn't even taste like caster oil (hmmm, only older people will know what that even is, what would be a good equivalent for the younger crowd...I'll have to think about that...) And lots of you have taken the chance to experience it, and some of you, well, have ignored me. And that hurts, who likes to be ignored. Unless you're an introvert. Which I'm not.
All that to say we are providing you with another golden opportunity to express your love for each other, and to quiet you heart before God. Wednesday, May 2, starting at 8 PM with an hour long everyone is invited prayer time at the Millers, ending Saturday, May 5 with a prayer walk out at the Pflugfelders. One hour prayer slots at the prayer room at the Millers between then. Sign up here: http://www1.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?datafile=oasismay2012.
Look, the bottom line is, prayer is a good thing. God likes it when we do it! Maybe you aren't really comfortable with it, but no one is looking over your shoulder grading you..honest, no hidden cameras. Maybe you don't feel much like praying because of stuff you're dealing with, but praying actually will help you with that. Maybe you don't like to pray, but, well, you just need to get over that! I really can't think of any good excuses unless you're out of town that entire time (which some of you have scheduled a trip that just happens to coincide with the exact time we're doing this, veerryyy convenient! :-)) But if you don't care enough about your Oasis family...Oh, sorry, slipped into my motivate by guilt mode--we had a whole class on that in seminary. Honestly, this is one of those things if I could make you do it I would.
Ok, nuff said. Get over to that sign up site and click some boxes.