Bishop Mark Lawrence has called the Diocese for a Day of Prayer and Fasting on Wednesday, August 30, 2017
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Below is an excerpt from his recent letter regarding the observance of this day.
During times of crisis and challenge in Israel, the leaders often called for days of fasting and prayer. Following this ancient practice observed for centuries in both Israel and the Church, I am calling the parishes and missions of the diocese and their members to observe Wednesday, August 30th as a Day of Prayer and Fasting for the diocese and its congregations. Such times of prayer and fasting are sometimes observed by individuals, as when Nehemiah, hearing of the troubled condition of Jerusalem, “…sat down and wept, and mourned for days; and [he] continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.” (Nehemiah 1:4) On other occasions, Israel held a time of corporate prayer and fasting, as when Ezra, the priest, called God’s people to fast and pray seeking his blessing on their return to the land, “So we fasted and besought our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.” (Ezra 8:21-23) I am asking both individual members and the leaders of our congregations in corporate worship, however each is able, to observe this day of prayer and fasting on behalf of our diocese, and its parishes and missions.
Read the Bishop's full letter.