Diocesan Day of Prayer

Churches across the Diocese of Tennessee are invited to participate in our 3rd Annual Diocesan Day of Prayer. This is the third year of this event and we are excited to see it continue to grow. It serves two purposes in our diocese: the first, is to pray for the needs of the church, the community, and the world around us; the second is to unite us as a common body of Christians in middle Tennessee. We know that your parish calendars are full, but we hope that you will join in and make this diocesan-wide Day of Prayer a part of your life.

There are a number of ways you could incorporate this Day of Prayer into the life of your church. Approximately 25 of our parishes participated last year, and it was encouraging to hear how they used it in their contexts. Of course, during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are limited by state and local mandates in regards to gathering size and safe practices. 

Some ideas:

  • Empower an already existing leadership group in your church to contact every household and ask for prayer requests. Use an online platform to request prayers. A powerful statement of priorities, and a reminder that your church is at work.
  • Gather a new group or ask an individual (a newcomer looking for a ministry?) to organize an event.
  • Ask people to sign up for an hour of the day to be silent and pray, at home or at church. A perfect way for the homebound to be involved.
  • Charge your Vestry or Mission Council with identifying subjects for prayer.
  • Contact community leaders and find out the needs in the community so that you can pray and then take action. A great way to reach out and discover what’s needed in the neighborhood. Become known as the church that prays.
  • Youth focused/led event.
  • A gathering off-site at a nearby nature preserve or outdoor park.
  • A prayer vigil at the church, for all or part of the day. Intercessory prayer groups can be involved; contemplative groups; casual drop-ins, as well.
  • A parish wide retreat or quiet day.
  • Endless opportunities for creativity… 

The 3rd Annual Diocesan Day of Prayer is scheduled for Saturday, October 24, 2020.  Please share your plans for the day with the Diocesan House staff.  Your colleagues and parishioners in our Diocese are eager to hear what you are doing in your community.