On September 11 we will observe the World Day of Prayer. This event is shared with other individuals and groups from all over the planet. The experience will begin with an opening ceremony on Wednesday at 7 pm followed by a 24 hour prayer vigil at the church. There will be a closing ceremony at 7 pm on Thursday. You will have opportunity to step outside your comfort zone as I challenge you to sign up for a one hour slot in the unbroken chain of prayer. There will also be opportunity for individuals to serve as Keepers of the High Watch. When Jesus was praying in the Garden he asked his disciples to "sit here while I pray." The Keepers will fill a 4 hour slot to make sure everything is in place to welcome and to support those who are praying.
The effectiveness of concentrated prayer has been scientifically proven, and we have the opportunity to be a part of that significant influence for our world. I challenge each of you to consider if this is yours to do. You may have never sat in deliberate, focused prayer for a whole hour. You may have never been in prayer in the middle of the night. You may have never felt - really felt yourself to be an integral part of something so monumental. Well, here is your chance!!
For your prayer time there will be a guidebook provided with examples of historical prayers. We will have our canvas Labyrinth in place in the sanctuary for your use. There will be the opportunity to add your thoughts to a community journal to create a record of the experience. There will be the opportunity to create a piece of artwork for others to experience.
Do you get the idea that this experience will be something you have never had before? I encourage you to choose a time to participate that is not convenient, not comfortable and not easy. I challenge you to:
"Expand the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left"
Does that sound familiar? Let us immerse ourselves in this powerful, transformative experience!
The signup sheets will be on the information table on Sunday.
Another way you can participate on a larger scale is to tune in to the live-streamed events form Unity Village. The live -streamed events are on: Wednesday, 9/10 at 7 pm, Thursday 9/11 at 11 am and 7 pm. The main site is www.worlddayofprayer.org.