Lent begins in March, and I’m inviting you to join me in a spiritual journey through the 40 Day Prayer Covenant.
Created by Dr. Jerry Kirk while he was pastor at College Hill Presbyterian, the Prayer Covenant is a simple 10 point prayer. Dr. Kirk printed the prayer on a small card and invited people to join him in praying it for 40 days. From that small idea was birthed an international movement of discipleship and growth, which our congregation has been supporting for years. Our own Stephen Eyre has been deeply involved in the Prayer Covenant movement, and he has helped create a brand new 40 day devotional guide to assist in praying the 40 days.
I’m asking you to participate in a Lenten small group study through the Prayer Covenant devotional. For the 6 weeks of Lent, let’s share in studying the same texts and praying the same prayer. Let’s join our hearts in fellowship and our minds in focus on spiritual growth. Together, let’s all share in this opportunity for deep spiritual growth. Here are five ways you can help:
1. Lead a Small Group: Leading a group is easier than you think. You get to pick the time and location of your small group. Stephen will provide training for all our small group leaders on how to facilitate a discussion using the questions that are in the devotionals. This is also a great opportunity for outreach. I’ve already spoken with two members of our church who are organizing small groups as a way of connecting with people in their community.
2. Sign up for a Group: Simply fill out a signup sheet on Sunday or email the office with what days and times you are available for a small group. We’ll match you with a group (of course, if you already know a group you want to be a part of, we’ll just sign you up). To maximize the number of people who can participate, we will be offering at least one online group over Zoom (and perhaps more if there is demand).
3. Invite a friend: Prayerfully consider inviting someone outside the church to participate. Think particularly about those people who are Christians, but don’t currently have a church home. This will be a great way to introduce people to our community.
4. Attend our Ash Wednesday Service: Lent officially begins on Ash Wednesday. We’ll kick off Lent with a simple and prayerful service on Wednesday, March 2nd at 7pm. Please join us then to help get our hearts and minds prepared for this Lenten spiritual experience.
5. Pray: Join me in praying for this effort now. Pray that the Lord works through this Lenten experience to draw us closer together as a congregation, to bring participants to a deeper and more enriching relationship with Christ, and to spiritually prepare us for even greater things.
I’m looking forward to participating with you in the Prayer Covenant this Lenten Season.
Soli Deo Gloria,