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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Letter

Yesterday’s mail brought one of the most startling letters I can recall receiving. It is a letter from President Stephen Veazey to our pastors and leaders calling the church to prayer. Receiving such a letter is not surprising. What astonished me is the letter’s boldness. It is a boldness born of a deep conviction of the call of God to us individually and to the church. I quote in part below.

“God is calling the church to engage in spiritual transformation that will give birth to the future of the church and God’s peaceable reign on earth. Starting today, I invite you to join with the World Church Leadership Council each day in intentional prayer for World Conference, April 10-17. As members worldwide open themselves to the Holy Spirit, we will join our hearts and minds with God’s will for us individually as disciple of Jesus Christ and corporately as God’s agents of peace in the world.

I’m asking you as a Community of Christ leader, to call your congregation to daily prayer and to spiritual practices that lead to discernment as an important aspect of being a prophetic people. As we join in prayer and discernment, God will be in our midst; and we will better understand where God is leading us at this vital time for the church.”

This request itself is not new. President Veazey issued his call to prayer and discernment when he gave us the Counsel to the Church on January 17. Since that time we have been talking in this blog and other places, about the need to “go deeper” in our prayer and discernment activities. Sunday, February 21 has been designated as a day of prayer and fasting for World Conference. It is time for all of us to take this seriously.

For a copy of the entire text of this letter, please see your pastor.

Posted by Carman

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