Midweek Update (3.17.21): A Prayer for St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday Message Q & A, and More…

A Prayer for Saint Patrick’s Day

Today is March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day. A day full of wearing green and festivities. I have a friend who is from Ireland, and every year he makes sure to post what St. Patrick’s day isn’t about, and what it really is about.

Here is his annual reminder:

  • Patrick’s Day & Paddy’s Day are ideal, Pat’s Day is acceptable.
  • NEVER Patty’s Day.
  • Corned beef and cabbage. NOT Irish. (Bacon and cabbage is the traditional Irish dish)
  • Shamrocks have THREE leaves.4 leaf clovers have no connection to Ireland
  • “Luck of the Irish” began as an insult during the gold rush.
  • In any alcohol consumption ranking Ireland doesn’t even break the top 10.
  • Leprechauns are real.
  • Critically important: Ireland is NOT part of the United Kingdom.
  • Rather than a day to start drinking at dawn, St. Patrick’s day is a holy day and national holiday in Ireland, commemorating a man who had been captured as a teenager and enslaved in Ireland for several years before escaping and then returning as an adult to teach the Irish about Christianity.
  • March 17th is the anniversary of his death in 461AD.

I can’t remember the first time I came across a prayer of St. Patrick’s, but it one of my favorite written prayers that has been prayed by followers of Christ down through the centuries. Maybe you’ve heard it/prayed it before, more maybe not. Here is just a portion of the prayer:

Christ with me, Christ before me,
Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.

This ancient prayer of our faith remind us (as Paul does in Ephesians 6) of the spiritual battle going on in our world. Paul reminds us that our battle is not against flesh and blood (i.e. other human beings), but against spiritual forces of the enemy (Satan). For this reason, Paul encourages followers of Jesus to put on the full armor of God.

St. Patrick’s “Breastplate Prayer” is a prayer based off of Paul’s words in Ephesians 6. And it is a wonderful reminder that as we go through our day Christ goes with us, and before us, and surrounds us.

Whenever you feel anxious or fearful, this is a great prayer to pray.

Blessings on the rest of your week,

Pastor Andy

Chatting or Texting Questions During Sunday’s Message

We’re hoping to try something new this Sunday. At the end of the message, we’re going to have a Q & A. At any time during the message, if you have a question, you can put it in the chat on live.warrenroadchurch.com, or text it to the following number 734-215-5134. We may not get to every question on Sunday, but we will try to get to the questions we don’t get to on Sunday, in our Midweek Update.  So, if you have a question regarding the message on Sunday, don’t hesitate to ask by entering it in the chat or texting it.

Vaccination Opportunities 

Here is the latest update from Dr. Ghioto at Covenant Community Care:

Covenant Community Care Westland is continuing our vaccine drive this Thursday for the following groups: patients aged 65 and up, as well as people who are frontline workers in certain industries or work with children (teachers, bus drivers, etc.  Again this week the guidelines also include those who are aged 50 and up with chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, COPD, asthma, hypertension, and the like.  People can call 734-298-0203 to schedule a time. We will be having another clinic day next week, possibly with expanded guidelines, so stay tuned.

Catch Up on Last Week’s Message

If you missed the message last Sunday, or want to go back and rewatch it again, you can watch it on our website by clicking HERE.