Pray First

Pray First

“Step back from the clamor.
Step back from the urgency.
Step back from the anger.
Step back from the fear.
Step back into the knowing and the love.”
Jonathan Lockwood Huie

“Pray First.” That was the encouragement of Bishop Emeritus David Mullen during his time of serving our synod, and it has stuck with me. It’s an encouragement I’m finding very helpful these days. Like many of you, I’m struggling with the deep divides in our country that are a part of this political season. As we get closer to Election Day, it seems these divides are growing deeper and more intense.  How are we as followers of Jesus to find our voice and be a reflection of the peace of Christ in this time?

For the past few weeks, the bishops in Region 2 have been talking about the need to be people of prayer before and after Election Day. On Sunday, November 1st, and again on Thursday, November 5th, the five synods of Region 2 are offering a mass Zoom gathering for anyone who would find it helpful to join in a brief time of prayer with people throughout the West. Information about these times for prayer has been sent to the synod and is listed below. Please consider joining your heart and hopes as we gather in this special way.

Blessings as we “pray first” — seeking to be the peace and presence of Christ in our congregations, in our communities, and for our world.

Bp. Mark