According to Doug Small, coordinator of prayer ministries for the Church of God, last night, Wednesday, September 1, in hundreds of Church of God congregations, a unique thing happened. Men and women, the elderly and the young, gathered around the altar of their church and laid down pictures, names, or symbols of loved ones who need a touch from God – some salvation, some healing, some restoration, some a miracle, some reconciliation in their marriage, some direction. Pictures of mayors and elected officials were laid on altars, school personnel and local business owners, members of the local police force, judges and military members serving the nation abroad. Pictures of souls estranged and disconnected. Pictures of those near, but lost. And prayers were offered, imploring God for intervention. The same scene will take place in more congregations this Sunday, and the photos and mementos that represent souls, will again be laid on these altars for the entire month of September.
Across the nation, and around the world, Church of God congregations are embarking on one of the most unique calls to prayer in the history of our denomination.
Resources can be found at www.churchofgod.org. After clicking on the prayer graphic on the home page, to the left is a video introducing the call to prayer by Church of God General Overseer Raymond Culpepper. The video is downloadable and local churches are encouraged to play it this Sunday. Below it is a video by Doug Small offering an overview of the month long call to prayer. A click on “September Prayer Resources” will reveal a complete resource list that keys the dozens of documents now on line to specific themes and dates for suggested use.
“There are preaching materials for Sundays. There are teaching/prayer resource materials for Wednesdays and there are prayer-breakfast and action materials for Saturdays,” Small said. “There are resource materials for the “Days of Awakening” (5-12) and the “Days of Action” (17-26). There are materials for men and women, intercessors and more.”
This Sunday, the suggested theme is “Seeing His Face!” Resource materials can be found in the file, “Sunday Preaching Materials – Week 1”. Near the bottom of the resource list are bulletin inserts for each Sunday with a devotional thought, Scripture and a Great Commission challenge.
“Some churches already have a longer emphasis,” Small concluded. “Each church is free to style its own focus – and will find the vision and resources incredibly helpful in the process.”
It is not too late to join the 30 Days of Prayer. Register your church at www.praycog.org as a “praying church!” Call the prayer office for assistance – 704-996-5091.
Faith News Staff