Thursday, January 04, 2007

Prayers for the Homeless in Chicago, and Public Prayer in South Carolina

A dozen Chicago area churches and organizations will participate in a 12-hour prayer day, beginning 7am. Saturday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ. Read the story in today’s Courier-Journal. The prayer day is organized by the Public Action to Deliver Shelter of Elgin, Illinois and will focus on prayer for homeless men, women and children, as well as residents of the surrounding community. Today, please pray that their day of prayer will unite the community in the mission to help the homeless. Please also pray for homeless persons in your community.

Send an e-prayer to Dennis Hewitt, Executive Director of PADS

Prayer in public meetings continues to be an issue into 2007. ChristianPost.com published an article about the debate taking place in Walhalla, South Carolina. Please pray today for the Oconee County Council, for the ACLU, and that we may be able to pray in public with sensitivity, inclusiveness and integrity in 2007.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

The Philippine prayer vigil is tomorrow

Tomorrow is the Philippine prayer vigil. Please continue to pray for them. You can read today's updates at INQ7.com and also at the Sun-Star.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

More on the Philippine prayer vigil

Please continue to pray today for the people of the Philippines. An update to their story can be found at INQ7.net .

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Philippines prayer vigil plus Baptists and private prayer languages

Please pray again today for the people of the Philippines. An update to the story there can be read at INQ7.net.

Also, please pray again for the Southern Baptists as they struggle with the issue of "private prayer languages." An update to this story can be read at the Florida Baptist Witness.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Inclusive prayer plus an end to violence

Eva Arnott of Boston, Massachussetts, has a suggestion for an inclusive prayer based in Christian tradition. I think you will recognize it... Read it at Boston.com. Today, pray this prayer as a part of your prayer time, and continue to pray that Christians can pray publicly with inclusiveness, sensitivity and integrity.
In Asbury Park, New Jersey, yesterday, about 100 people gathered for a march and prayer vigil to end violence in the wake of the murder of Latriya Nealy last week. Read about it at app.com. Today, join in their prayer that God will bring an end to violence and murder.
Remember that repentence is a key part of the Advent story.

Friday, December 08, 2006

The God Squad answers questions plus the Pope's Mary pilgrimage

The "God Squad" at the Detroit News has a very good Q&A about the purpose of prayer. Today, give thanks to God for the healing brought to our souls in prayer. Also, give thanks for the "God Squad."
Pope Benedict XVI is making a pilgrimage to a statue dedicated to Mary today, where he will deliver a speech on the Immaculate Conception. Of all places, I found this at Pravda, the official newspaper of Russia, As Protestants, we do not believe in the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, which postulates that Mary was born without sin so that Jesus could be born free of the curse of original sin. The doctrine became official Roman Catholic dogma on today's date in 1854, by the decree of Pope Pius IX. Nevertheless, today please pray for the Pope, and give thanks to God for Mary. As we prepare our hearts for Christmas, we remember her faithfulness and courage as she gave birth to our Lord and Savior.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Southern Baptists and Private Prayer Language

Back at last after nearly a month... hope you have all continued to pray!

A group of Baptist pastors and church members, mostly from the Southeast, are asking the Southern Baptist Convention to change its policy banning private prayer language, which includes speaking in tongues. The story is here: Today, please pray for Southern Baptists, and pray God's blessings on people who pray and worship in very different ways from your own.