Diocesan Day of Prayer

Dear Church Leaders and Parishioners,

I invite you again this year to participate in our Annual Diocesan Day of Prayer Saturday, October 23. It serves two purposes in our diocese: 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. I know that your parish calendars are full, but I 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. A number of parishes have participated in the past, and I was encouraged by hearing how they used it in their contexts. 

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.
  • 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 virtual event.
  • A gathering off-site at a nearby nature preserve or outdoor park.
  • A parish-wide quiet day.

I also invite you to join Canon Jody and myself for Morning Prayer Saturday, October 23 at 9:00am via Facebook Live at facebook.com/episcopaldioceseoftennessee. You do not have to have your own Facebook account to watch.

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. 

Thank you for the ministry that you’re engaged in. It is a blessing to all of us.

Faithfully,

The Rt. Rev. John C. Bauerschmidt
Bishop