From: Circuit Superintendent
Date: September 14, 2019
Brothers and sisters,
Greetings and Blessings in Christ
7 hours of prayer and prayer and fasting guide
On Sunday September 22 the Circuit will be in prayer as we observe Seven Hours of Prayer. Each congregation will gather either in the chapel or at an identified location for one hour in prayer. From 7.00 – 8.00 pm throughout the circuit all will join in prayer.
The hours assigned to the congregations are
- 1.00 – 2.00 pm Brighton & Chateaubelair
- 1.30 – 2.30 Calliaqua
- 2.00 – 3.00 Arnos Vale & Troumaca
- 2.30 – 3.30 Gomea
- 3.00 – 4.00 Sion Hill & Rose Hall
- 3.30 – 4.30 Kingstown
- 4.00 – 5.00 Campden Park & Westwood
- 4.30 – 5.30 Chauncey
- 5.00 – 6.00 Hope & Spring
- 5.30 – 6.30 Layou
- 6.00 – 7.00 Barrouallie
During 7.00 – 8.00 pm members are encouraged to join with at least one prayer partner for Prayer. Call, text, meet PRAY. Households can use the last half hour also as a time to pause and pray together.
For the congregational Hour it would be helpful if someone is identified to facilitate the hour in prayer. Classes can be assigned sections of the hour or groups and organizations. Sing a hymn or song, welcome and greetings then pray. Approaches that can be used:
- Volunteers to prayer for particular areas
- Prayer in small groups or pairs
- Short, sentence prayers by all present
- Silent prayer
- Choral Prayer (all praying simultaneously)
- Prayer conversation – identifying what are concerns and the nature of the problem that we are praying for and what we want God to do in such situations
- Using the words of hymns/songs as a prayer
Some areas for Prayer (please identify others)
- The Congregation
- The Kingstown/ Chateaubelair Circuit
- The Georgetown Mt Coke Circuit, Rev. Cornelius Harry as new Superintendent
- The District and Connexion
- Ministers in Training including those at the United Theological College
- The Nation of St Vincent and the Grenadines
- The problem of sexual assault and harassment, carnal knowledge, incest
- The problem of crime (Homicides are at 12 for the year)
- The challenge to our Buggery and Gross Indecency Laws and the infiltration of ungodly values
- Families and Family life
- The medical Marijuana industry in St Vincent and the use and misuse of marijuana and drugs
The Day of Prayer and Fasting follows on Monday 23.
There is no doubt that fasting was practiced by Jesus (Matt 4.1-11) and expected by Jesus of his followers (“WHEN you fast” – Matt 6.16). Christians therefore fast because:
- Jesus fasted, setting an example, presenting a model of something of value
- Jesus expects/ requires/ commands us to fast
Fasting in scripture was generally practiced to “enhance the holy life,” i.e. our relationship with God and to “strengthen our prayers.”
As an act of self-denial fasting provides the Christian with an opportunity to remember one of the most fundamental aspects of and obstacles to relationship with Christ – the SELF.
Sadly many of our members have not given this spiritual discipline a fair chance and have not experienced the rich benefits.
Persons either observe a standard or normal (water only) fast, a full fast – food and water (Est 4.16, Ex 34.28), (Ez 8.21, Matt 4.1-2), partial fast (Num 6.1-8, Dan 1.8-17) or other variations. Each person will need to decide whether they abstain from all foods and water, only food, solid foods, certain foods or from certain practices. Each person however must take cognizance of their health without using health as a scapegoat.
It IS a challenge to truly deny self in this set-aside practice (as well as in our general spiritual walk), so a simple cop-out undermines the purpose and intention. Fasting can and will be a challenge to body, mind and spirit. It is not expected to be easy or a matter of what you prefer, or feel is convenient. As such, make your decision prayerfully and sincerely. Conscious of the need to preserve one’s health as a gift from God variations to the fast have included abstaining from something that is of value, importance and loved dearly. While some have fasted from meat, sweets, solid foods, others have fasted by missing a meal, from using their cell-phones or from watching the television. Whatever your fast is should challenge you and make space for your reflecting on your relationship with God.
The fast can either be from 6am to 6pm or as in the Wesleyan fast; from the last meal on the 22nd to mid/late afternoon on the 23rd.
Begin your fast with prayer deliberately continuing to lift up the areas identify above and identify two or three intervals during your fast when you will deliberately pause for prayer. Make use of the day to call another person and pray. Also, pray deliberately and by name for as many members of your congregation as possible.
PLEASE LET US SPEND TIME IN PRAYER
- Feed back on harvest proposal
- Work on missions project
- Class Sunday – Sept 29
Rev. A. Davis