Let us begin the new year by calling this church to prayer. That is the first objective of the evangelism strategy adopted by the 2003 ELCA Churchwide Assembly. The goal is to "activate and mobilize this church to pray for renewal that is grounded in the Word [so] every member, congregation, synod, churchwide unit, and institution might bear witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ."
To heed this call, every ELCA congregation must see itself as a school of prayer. What are your earliest recollections of someone praying? Perhaps it was being held in the arms of a loving parent, praying, "Now I lay me down to sleep"; the family bowing heads before a meal; or hearing the pastor in worship.
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