Presentation Sunday

Thank you for your thoughts and prayers the past couple days everyone. It’s encouraging to know that one: we’re not alone, and two: that there are people out there that don’t know us personally (and some that do =) ) that are keeping us in their prayers.

The service today was wonderful. The pastor comes into my place of business occasionally to meet with the owner, so I “know” him, but I’ve never heard him preach before. He told us today that in the course of his marriage, they’ve experienced 11 miscarriages, including one at 6 months along. Because of that, he has more empathy towards infertility situations than he thinks he would if he hadn’t been through it himself.

He said that he started these services 21 years ago. At the beginning (first 10 years or so) there were only 1-3’ish couples that they would pray for. Then word of mouth brought more and more couples in and today, I think the majority of the congregation went up to be prayed for. Plus he said there are churches around the WORLD that do this service on the last Sunday of January, just like this church. He said in Australia and India for sure. He has seen hundreds of babies come as a result of couples being prayed for at these services.

After the worship, the first thing was two baby dedications. One of the families had five kids, all of them a result from a Presentation Sunday alter call.

There was one lady that tried for 13 years. She got pregnant at 46 and lost the baby. Then she got prayed for at this service and now has a daughter. After using an embryo that had been frozen for four years that gave her her daughter, she started a program, which is embryo adoption agency. Interesting. If it gets to that point for us, we may look into this.

There was another lady from Iran that was Muslim and through someone at her college, she heard about the service (after having a dream about a church service). She had tried for 6 years, I think, and she got prayed for (and is now a Christian) and now has a 6 year old daughter. She was pregnant 15 days after the service.

They also talked about a foster program that has been started at the church. It’s a very large church with a gazillion different programs for anything you can possibly think of. The lady that started this program had two biological children then adopted a brother/sister group and now does foster care as well.

When the pastor called the couples that wanted prayer to the alter, we went. We prayed, we cried, we had many hands laid on us, including a little 4 year old boy. SO SWEET!!

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After that, I was handed a necklace that has Be Still & know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 written on it. One of the pastors stopped us and showed us a picture he took of us with little boy laying his hands on us and praying. Then he invited us over to his house for lunch and games!! Thankfully my step-sister and her husband had previously been invited as well so we at least knew them. But it was great getting to know these people and know that they’re going to be keeping us in their prayers as well.

Overall, it was a wonderful, touching service and a great afternoon.
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I’ve heard about this service, that only happens once a year, for a few years. We have never either been able to go or made it a priority to go. I told Kyle that I want to go this year so we’re getting ready to do just that. Below is a description of what the service is for.

I just pray that we have boldness and courage to step forward, out of our comfort zone. We’ve never gone forward, at any church, to be prayed for.

Jesus be with us and bless us during this service.

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In commemoration of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple by Mary and Joseph 40 days after His birth, we have designated the last Sunday in January as Presentation Sunday. On that day Cedar Park Church, along with a growing number of other churches in the area and around the world, will be praying for couples who are desiring to have children but have encountered difficulty in doing so.

Hundreds of babies are known to have been born in response to previous Presentation Sunday Prayer Services. Some babies arrive miraculously, some with the aid of fertility treatment, and some by adoption, but all are in response to prayer. There is no disagreement with doctors or fertility experts. Most all that come to this service have experienced some degree of frustration. No promises can be made, or are made, but we offer our prayers to any couple who desires it.

In many ways this particular Sunday morning is like any other Sunday morning. People will come and express their faith in worship and participate in the fellowship of believers. There will be a few testimonies from those who have been in previous services. At the end of the service, an invitation for prayer is given to couples who have had difficulty in conceiving a child. Couples come to the front of the church and kneel at the altars. Pastors and others lay hands on these couples and pray that God will grant their prayer.

It is not necessary to be a part of our faith tradition to attend the service. People of many religions, as well as some with no religion, come to the service. Everyone is treated equally. All are welcome.

If you have struggled with infertility, we invite you to the services. We would consider it a privilege to pray for you. If you are be unable to attend but would like us to remember you in prayer, you can let us know by following instructions for a prayer request on this web site.

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Comments

  1. Go and be blessed. We’re praying for you too.

  2. ((HUGS)) girl!

  3. Oh… wow! I’ve never been to a church with a service like this. It kinda seems like God talking – the fact that you have access to a church that has this service and that you heard about it!
    I’m praying for you!

  4. Sounds awesome!

  5. That is so neat! I wish there was something like that around here. Especially today. Let us know what it’s like!

  6. That is awesome! I can’t wait to read an update about what the service was like.

    Hugs,
    April

  7. I haven’t heard of a service like this one…but it sounds awesome. I’m praying for you too…hoping God will bless you with a little one.

  8. Wow, I wish they had something like that when we were going through infertility. Good luck!

  9. hi, thanks for commenting back! i’m glad to hear there are other grown women who share my blanket dilemma. i hope you find some comfort in the prayer service, good luck to you.

  10. I will be thinking and praying for you!

    What a wonderful service.

  11. I’ve never commented before, I’m a new reader. We are also struggling with infertility and on our second ivf cycle, the first one failed. I just wanted to say that I wish more churches would do this sort of thing. Most churches focus so much on kids, but don’t even realize that some people are having difficulties having children so I think this is just wonderful! I wish a church near me did this. Please let us know how it went!

  12. Enjoy! I know I just started following your blog, but I do keep you in my thoughts and prayers and hope that your dreams of pregnancy come true very soon!

  13. I heard about that service a couple of years ago and heard some of the testamonies on the radio. I’m sure you will be encouraged and my prayers are with you! I look forward to hearing more about it.

  14. Never heard of a service like that… that’s a wonderful idea!

  15. We can’t be there but would like to be prayed for, another failed cycle this month….I am so ready to give up. This is the most stressful thing I have ever been through in my life, even with my CF. Well it is right up there with losing my father!!! Ugggghhhh.

  16. Go. Go and like Hannah make your request be known. Pour out your soul to him and let others pray for you too. There is no shame in what you desire. Nothing you need to fear or hide from. Open yourself up—it is what He desires of you. And he will bless you. I know it.

  17. There is something for you on my Page ———> http://summerlynnsmith.blogspot.com/

    I couldn’t figure out how to put it here =)

  18. that is so amazing! i will be praying for you. i am looking forward to hearing some special news from you soon!

    great things can happen. i truly believe they will happen for you.

  19. What a wonderful idea. And what a wonderful gift – to have other people around you, and praying for you, who you know are going through the same thing. Faith does have the power to cut through the loneliness of a cross that nobody talks about.

    I will be praying for you also.

  20. I am 29 years old and was at that same service with my husband getting prayed for. We came up from the Portland area just for the service. I stumbled on your blog title from McMama’s not me monday page.

    God was ever present at Presentation Sunday yesterday. My husband and I will be praying for you and yours as you too wait with an expectant heart for your miracle.

  21. Hi Megan,

    My husband and I have been praying for you guys.

    We were completely overwhelmed by the service as well! It was SO beautiful and such a blessing. The rest of that day and the next I couldn’t talk to others about it without getting emotional…God’s love was so evident in that place, and it shined through all those people. It was pretty cool to see the power of prayer at work.

    You and Kyle will continue to be in our prayers.

  22. Anything you can do will be a blessing to you. I will still keep you in my prayers and wish for the best!

  23. Choking back tears! I’m not even sure what to say. I’ll just send my thought up to God along with a prayer.

  24. Hey Megan
    Praying for you and Kyle too! The power of prayer really works!

  25. Hi!
    My name is Maria and I am the lady that had the daughter adopted as a frozen embryo! We now have Embryo Adoption Services of Cedar Park!
    http://www.adoptanembryo.net
    Feel free to call me! I can pray with you too. 206-391-5042

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