On May 6, 2017, the ladies at Beacon Bible Church attended their first Spring Brunch. It was a time to sit down, relax, enjoy some delicious food, hear a little about what is happening with each other, and most importantly listen to what God has to say about this life we are living.

The Fellowship Hall was decorated with an array of beautiful flowers. On each table were six vases which sat on pale green crocheted coasters and the vases held a couple of flowers. Every table had a different assortment of flowers. At 10:00, April spoke briefly welcoming us to the brunch. She talked about the flower arrangements on the tables. She explained that some of the vases had flowers which were left over from Sally Becker’s Memorial Service. She also told us we could take one of the crocheted coasters and flower arrangements home at the end of the program.

Grace was said and it was time to enjoy the food set before us. Dining together enriches our relationships with one another. It also provides a wonderful opportunity for companionship for those that live alone. The time spent sharing a meal gives us a chance to converse with those we see briefly before and after church.

After indulging in some scrumptious delicacies and a time of fellowship, April introduced Julie as our guest speaker. Julie’s topic was Prayer. She began her message with a thought provoking question. If April had asked you to stand and say a prayer to begin our time together today, how would you respond? Would you have been enthusiastic about the opportunity to pray, or willing but slightly uncomfortable, or would you have declined? Thankfully she didn’t ask for a show of hands for each response.

Prayer is essential to the life of a believer. It is our time to talk with God. Prayers can be short or long and eloquent. There is one prayer that should proceed all the other prayers and that is the prayer for salvation. Our prayers should be meaningful and acceptable to the Lord.

Psalm 51:17 gives us a great example on how to approach God in prayer. David declared, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart—These, O God, You will not despise.”

In Matthew 6:5-13, Jesus also gave us a guideline on how to pray.
"And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words." 8 "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him."
In this manner, therefore, pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Julie ended her message with this statement, “God bless each of you with the constant sense of His presence, as you desire to pray without ceasing.”

After Julie’s message, April asked who would like to end our brunch with the closing prayer. Immediately, Camie raised her hand and closed this event with a beautiful prayer.

There is always something special that happens when we gather together for a brunch or tea and this time was no different.