St. Mary Queen of Creation Awaken event was phenomenal. St. Mary recently started a SPSE team (Kym, a St. Mary, SPSE team member, is pictured here in the middle of SPSE Awaken evangelists Denise, Stewart, (Kym), Margy, and Mark.) Many stopped by the SPSE table. Some availed themselves of a rosary or other literature. Others asked for prayer. Below are two encounters although many occurred before and after the event:
Two elderly couples came rather early. They had never been to Awaken before but one couple had coaxed the other couple to join them. I happened to be walking in when they were as I was getting SPSE supplies from my vehicle and still setting up. One of the men offered to hold the door since I was carrying supplies. As he opened the door, I noticed that he seemed unable to lift is arm in a normal way. I mentioned to him that part what we (SPSE) do at Awaken is pray for people and that his shoulder looked as if it was sore. He seemed shocked and asked “How did you know that my shoulder is bad?” I shared that I’m very aware of things like that. He agreed to have us pray for him. Once I finished setting up, I noticed that the Awaken event was not set to start for another 15 minutes. I went into the church to find the man and ask him about having us pray for him and he was just coming out to find me! I had him sit down and did a brief interview after we chatted and exchanged names. The interview included things the pain level, how long he had the problem, when it first started, and if any major life events occurred around the time it had started. It seems that this should had been an issues for a very long time and was getting worse as the years rolled by. A degenerative breakdown of the shoulder was the diagnosis and he had no pain but could only lift his arm until it was parallel with the floor. I called over a prayer partner from our SPSE team and we prayed. When we finished he had a big smile and he tried to lift his arm again and said “It’s the same but thank you for praying!” We prayed one more time. I sensed that the Lord wanted him to praise Him (the Lord) by lifting his arm during the worship portion of the event. “Jesus sometimes heals when we take an action, ” I said. He was quite joyful when he went back to his seat. It seemed he had not received prayer like this before. His faith was strengthened! And I cannot tell you if God healed his shoulder that night but this man knew he was loved when we were done praying.
I spoke with a woman who also came early for the event. I greeted her asked if she wanted a rosary. “No, I have plenty of them…” We chatted a bit more and then I offered to pray for her. She said “No” and headed into the church to sit down. Awaken always has praise the worship music, Adoration, and a spiritual talk. The speaker on this particular night shared an engaging story. Near the end of the night before Awaken was even over, the woman rushed out of the church and said, “Can you pray for me? You see, I’ve also suffered sexual abuse”. The speaker’s story included this topic (for an audio of the talk go to awakenministry.org and select June 2019) and the woman was so glad to have the opportunity to pray about this matter.
Questions on SPSE? Need prayer? Want to join one of our many teams? Please contact the team leaders, Anne and Stewart Harman at 248-798-0521.
The summertime Awaken details:
St Mary Queen of Creation
While at our last parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Troy, I spoke with many lovely Catholics. One woman, when I asked her what she wanted us to pray for, shared the challenges of caring for her elderly parent. The woman was distraught and worried about the future. She had many questions for me about senior care facilities and hiring caregivers. I shared some of my experiences in caring for my dear 90-year old mom. We prayed prayers of Thanksgiving for her Mother and her life and asked, in Jesus’ name, for peace and consolation in the present and in the days that lie ahead. She shared how she felt great peace! How simple it is to pray with each other. God wants us to love one another (John 13:34). Want to learn more about street ministry and praying with others? See SPSE link: streetevangelization.com/what-we-do/
This is a busy season for evangelists. SPSE has evangelists at the Ann Arbor Art Fair, the Belleville Strawberry Festival, the Woodward Dream Cruise, Downtown Royal Oak, Downtown Rochester and many other locations. Please contact me for details on how you can get involved.
Why not come to our June training event? You’ll get lots of experiencing evangelizing. Immersions 2019/ https://stpaulevangelization.com/immersion-2019/
Meet Mark S., Mick, Carol, LIsa Ann, Cindy, Stewart, Anne, Denise, and Mark J. All of these evangelists share the Good News of Jesus Christ at Awaken. Please join us!
Click on the image above for September, October and November dates and locations. Contact the team leader, Anne Harman, at email@example.com if you’d like to help share the Good News.
Please join Saint Paul Street Evangelization evangelists in sharing the Good News following Awaken.
Click on image for date and location details. Call Anne Harman, SPSE Awaken team leader, to let her know you are interested in helping out. 248-798-0521.
Father Joe Freedy, currently the Vocations Director for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, will be the presenter for this month’s Awaken. Father played quarterback at the University of Buffalo and enjoyed partying until an experience just before his senior changed his life.
Evangelization will begin following Awaken (about 9:30 p.m.). You can find the Saint Paul Street Evangelization table near the cookies. Please join us! Questions? Contact Anne Harman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 248-798-0521. Event will be held at Guardian Angels Catholic Church at 581 E. Fourteen Mile Rd, Clawson, MI 48017
Please join us in unleashing the Gospel! We will evangelize following the November 18th, Awaken. Mr. Peter Herbeck will be the speaker for this event. Our SPSE table will be near the cookies and coffee.
Peter Herbeck is the Vice President and Director of Missions for Renewal Ministries. He has been actively involved in evangelization and Catholic renewal throughout the U.S., Canada, Africa, and Eastern Europe for the past thirty years. Peter is a co-host for the weekly television programs The Choices We Face and Crossing the Goal. He also hosts the daily radio show Fire on the Earth. He is a frequent conference speaker, has authored When the Spirit Comes in Power and When the Spirit Speaks, and has produced CDs and booklets about discipleship and life in the Spirit. Peter is involved with i.d.916, an outreach to Catholic young adults sponsored by Renewal Ministries.Peter and his wife Debbie have four children and reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Please join us at the Saint Paul Street Evangelization table following Awaken.