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Wed lunch mtg 12pm W2033, Fri gathering, upcoming Hopkins Christian Symposium, prayer requests, and more!

Dear PHCF,

Happy new year! It has been quiet in the SPH with many of you away for winter break, but we are thankful for new, part-time, and other students in our halls for intersession - and pray for not only fruitful learning but also meaningful conversations and new/deepened relationships that point to our Lord. In our current uncertain cultural, political, and academic climate, be reminded that The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing (Ps 23:1, scripture song here). Can you rest in him this morning, and move in your school/work/family spaces trusting that he is sovereign and good and always-working?
Tomorrow, please join us for our Wednesday lunch gathering, 12:15pm in Room W2033, for fellowship and prayer! There'll be dessert :)
You are welcome to join us at any/all of our recurring gatherings:
- Lunch meetings on Wednesdays at 12:15pm in Room W2033 (contact PHCF)
- Small group on Mondays at 7:30pm in the 929 Apartments (contact Esther)
- Writing Accountability Group (i.e. st…

Wed lunch mtg W2033, merry Christmas, and other announcements

Dear PHCF, 

Happy last day of 2nd term! I know that some of you have already departed from Baltimore for break/practicum, and others still have a few final exams/papers/projects to wrap up - praying that you rest in Jesus today, no matter what faces you, because he is your sure foundation. In the Bleak Midwinteris a Christmas carol I learned recently, and its lyrics (especially the last stanza) strike at the heart of worship. What does God want from us? For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings (Hos 6:6). Brothers and sisters, I pray for you to have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ (Eph 3:18). May you have joy this week as we look forward to celebrating Jesus' birth next Monday!
Tomorrow, please join us for our Wednesday lunch gathering, 12:15pm in Room W2033, for fellowship and prayer! 
You are welcome to join us at any/all of our recurring g…

Wed lunch mtg W2033 guest speaker Keilah Jacques, JHIF Christmas, and more!

Dear PHCF, (Phew what a week! Apologies for this coming out so late.)

Isaiah writes, Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the Lord is a God of justice: blessed are all those who wait for him (30:18). Do you feel like God is delaying at answering your prayers? Sometimes in the crunch of finals period, or in the uncertainty of politics and incessant news, or in the heart-stopping shock of health or relationship issues, it feels like God tarries or is not listening or doesn't care. Dear ones, we pray that in the midst of stressors and unknowns, your heart is opened to the still small voice of the Lord, so that you can hear his reassurance that he knows you and he loves you and is walking with you. In fact, he loved us so much that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory... (Jn 1:14) Praying for fresh eyes, clear minds, and clean consciences as you approach your final exams, papers, and p…

Wed lunch mtg W2033, Dr Perry MCH webinar, jobs/housing/scholarships, upcoming retreat/symposium

Good afternoon, PHCF! Can you believe it is Advent season already? As we look forward to Christmas and celebrating Jesus' birth, We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thess 1:2-3) Dear ones, we pray this morning for your faith, hope, and love to be rooted in the firmest of foundations: Jesus and the cross. We pray for your sense of anticipation and joy, knowing that he has already come to seek and save the lost, and that he is coming again to make all things new and set all things right. In the meantime, we pray that we continue to encourage each other to not give up despite obstacles and uncertainties. He is sovereign, and he is good. Will you trust him?
Tomorrow, please join us for our Wednesday lunch gathering, 12:15pm in Room W2033.We'll rest in Scripture (focusing on hope in…

Thanksgiving/other announcements

Good morning, PHCF! In the midst of midterm or perhaps other work/family stress (ah life!), I love the exhortation Paul writes to the church in Thessalonica: give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thess 5:18). Can you see Jesus as more than enough when you feel overwhelmed? Can you see him as all-sufficient when you feel like you have everything "under control"? Dear ones, Ps 95:6-7 says:

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the Lord our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

This week, remember to look to God and give thanks - for his provision and presence, and for the very precious gift of his Son who came to seek and save the lost. (A good song to meditate on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcORoyyjqjw)

Please note: we do not have our regular lunch meeting this week! You are welcome to use W2033 tomorrow at lunch as a prayer room, though.
*Would anyone b…
Dear PHCF,

It's hard to believe that it is almost time for midterms again! Paul writes: For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Cor 4:17-18) Friends, praying for you today to keep turning your eyes towards Jesus, looking full in his wonderful face, so that the things of earth grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.

Tomorrow, please join us for a special speaker for our Wednesday lunch gathering, 12:15pm in Room W2033. Come learn how you can be involved in helping unreached people groups receive the Bible! (Dessert provided.)

Stephen Beale and his wife Eileen were missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators for more than 20 years. They served in Thailand and Vanuatu. In Vanuatu they were the translation advisors for the Mota Lava New …

Wed lunch mtg (guest speaker), job & scholarship opp, events this week(end)

Dear PHCF,

The Lord says to his chosen ones: do not fear. For I will give you abundant water to quench your thirst and to moisten your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit and my blessings on your children. They will thrive... (Isaiah 44:3-4) Friends, I love that God is the initiator here: he pours out grace to lift us from the mire, provides for our needs, gives us the Wonderful Counselor - but what is the end goal? In verse 5, Isaiah relates three variations of the same result: that God's chosen ones proudly claim, "I belong to the Lord." Will you trust in the Lord today, with all your fears and stresses - whether for our nation which struggles so much with opium addiction, gun violence, and even listening with empathy and compassion; or for your schoolwork, research, and projects; for any aspect of your life? Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Heb 4:16)

Tomorrow, we me…