The Brethren Fellowship, 339 Lincoln Way East, Chambersburg, Pa., is in the midst of a focus on prayer for seven weeks through messages by Senior Pastor Manny Diaz, a DVD series on prayer of the Brooklyn Tabernacle in all church school classes, and by inviting passersby to leave their prayer requests in a box outside of the church at the bottom of a giant banner that asks “How can we pray for you?”
After three weeks a dozen community people (not members of the church) have placed their requests in the box. The location of the banner is next to the entrance of the church and the brick wall was "a billboard in search of a message."
Prayer will remain an emphasis and focus in coming months as the congregation renews its commitment to praying for those in the congregation, others in the community, and the Christian church at large in these challenging times. A core group of five members are spearheading the prayer focus and working to put a prayer ministry into action in significant ways for the 225-member nondenominational church. One of the suggestions is to take a bus trip to the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Tabernacle for one of the Tuesday night prayer services of that church.
A member of Brethren Fellowship, who is in the awning business, facilitated the making of the 18 foot high banner. The church is on a major one-way west thorough way through town. Chambersburg is the county seat of Franklin County in south central Pennsylvania with some 20,000 residents.
Has your church started a new prayer focus in the past year and what have you done to encourage prayer with congregants and lifting up prayer in the community? Write to RonaldEKeener@hotmail.com.