Unity Prayer Watch
Please stop in at the bulletin board to pick up a prayer topic sheet and sign up for a time to pray. Below is Betsy Miller’s statement regarding Unity Prayer.
This fall, I was in conversation with someone who was just learning about the Moravian Church. He said, among other things, “you are the people who pray around the clock.” The Unity Prayer Watch is a gift that Moravians offer the world. Not only do we pause during the busy month of December to lift up the concerns of the worldwide Unity, we also pray for a world – in need. We join together – to pray without ceasing – for an end to violence in Ukraine, for effective ways to address the devastating drought, fires, and floods caused by
climate change, for racial justice and healing, for a renewal of the church and our capacity to bring hope to our communities, and for preparations for the 2023 Provincial Synod.
This year, I invite you to take up the privilege of prayer in a powerful way as you join the prayers of Moravians in provinces across the globe. Prayer is a blessed gift from God that we offer for the sake of the world. The topics included in the prayer guide come from Moravian provinces. I invite you to also pray for all of the places in between these provinces – the places where God’s people seek hope and healing.
As in the past, we have the privilege of praying for the world during the month of December. The enclosed calendar assigns a specific day to your congregation; many of you share the day with another worshipping community. Please find ways to invite your flock to pray – silently or out loud – alone or in groups – in person or virtually – so that the offering of prayers uttered by Moravians remains constant and faithful.
This year, on December 1 we take over from Tanzania Southwest; we pass the privilege to the growing Mission Area of Peru on December 22, and on December 23, the Democratic Republic of the Congo will carry on.
Thank you for being part of the worldwide Unity – a gift to us from God. Thank you for praying for the souls within that Unity and beyond. Thank you for being the church.
Elizabeth D. Miller
Provincial Elders’ Conference