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A Call to 30 Days of Fasting and Prayer

The Council of Elders would like to invite you, the members and friends of MCC, to join us in 30 Days of Fasting and Prayer beginning on 1 June. As we prepare to convene the General Conference in Chicago on 1 July 2013, we feel that it is important to pray, fast and BELIEVE that during this season of Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit will be profoundly present with us.

 

In 2013, the Church Universal finds itself in a state of unprecedented decline. Now, more than ever, MCC is called to be a new kind of church in a new kind of world. The Council of Elders has no doubt that MCC can BE THAT CHURCH and yet, we must always lean into the power of God’s Spirit and leading.

 

In that spirit, we want to ask that you join us in three things over the next 30 days:

  1. Pray the prayer on the next page every day. Ask the people in your church to join us. “Pray without ceasing” that God’s Spirit will fall anew on MCC as we gather from around the world.
  2. Along with the same prayer each day, we would like for you to join us in praying for a specific thing each of the 30 days. The list for each day is on the next page.
  3. Determine how you might fast as a way of focusing your best intentions and prayers for this to be a miraculous outpouring of God’s spirit. You may want to fast from eating for a certain amount of time (even just one meal), fast from television, going out to eat, shopping, etc.

 

The Council of Elders will all be doing these three things and we believe that the collective prayers and intentions of God’s people can create a future that God has already imagined for MCC!!

 

Gratefully,

The Council of Elders

Rev. Elder Dr. Nancy Wilson

Rev. Elder Lillie Brock

Rev. Elder Darlene Garner

Rev. Elder Hector Gutierrez

Rev. Elder Ken Martin

Rev. Elder Dr. Mona West

 

 

Daily Prayer:

God of the prophet Joel, as we gather in Chicago as your Pentecost people we ask for a fresh outpouring of your Spirit. We claim, great God of wind and fire, the gifts of the Holy Spirit for Metropolitan Community Church. We open ourselves to their unique manifestation among us so that we might boldly proclaim a gospel of Christian salvation, Christian community and Christian social action for the 21st century. As on that first day of Pentecost, may we experience at this General Conference not only a miracle of clear speech but also a miracle of hearing each other deeply, bringing new life to our shared dreams and visions.

 

30 Days of Fasting and Prayer

Saturday

1 June

 

Safety for all traveling to General Conference

Sunday

2 June

 

For powerful inspiration

Monday

3 June

 

Gratitude for staff and volunteers

Tuesday

4 June

 

For open hearts and open minds

Wednesday

5 June

 

For recommitment to founding narrative / original vision

Thursday

6 June

 

For fresh boldness to share the truth that we have received

Friday

7 June

 

For stirring up vocation

Saturday

8 June

 

For tender hearts to hear God’s call

Sunday

9 June

 

For unity in our diversity

Monday

10 June

 

For a Pentecost experience; a fresh outpouring of the Spirit

Tuesday

11 June

 

For growth in our understanding of MCC as a global community

Wednesday

12 June

 

For our witness to people in Chicago

Thursday

13 June

 

For guidance in the selection of leaders

Friday

14 June

 

For the partners and spouses of our leaders

Saturday

15 June

 

For new friendships and deepening relationships

Sunday

16 June

 

For the Elders

Monday

17 June

 

For our Moderator

Tuesday

18 June

 

For our clergy and lay delegates

Wednesday

19 June

 

For the transition to our next Moderator

Thursday

20 June

 

For Rev. Troy Perry

Friday

21 June

 

For our children and youth

Saturday

22 June

 

Outreach to Latinos, especially in the Chicago area

Sunday

23 June

 

For our special guests and speakers

Monday

24 June

 

For inspired worship

Tuesday

25 June

 

For challenging workshops

Wednesday

26 June

 

For new churches that will begin before we are together again

Thursday

27 June

 

For those who will experience General Conference for the first time

Friday

28 June

 

To embody our liberation

Saturday

29 June

 

For forgiveness and healing, inside and outside our walls

Sunday

30 June

 

For the leaders of our nations