CULTIVATING OUR PASSION FOR CHRIST IN LIGHT OF HIS PASSION FOR US!
As Easter Week approaches, Church of the Atonement will hold a 24-hour prayer Vigil on Palm Sunday weekend. It will begin at 7:00 PM Friday evening, April 7, and conclude at 7:00 PM, Saturday evening April 8. The final hour Saturday evening will be a time of corporate prayer that includes elders anointing the sick with oil, and the Lord’s Supper.
A Prayer Vigil table is set up in the narthex. Please stop by and learn more. It includes a sign up schedule for you to indicate when and for how long you intend to pray during the Vigil. We encourage everyone to come to church and pray for at least an hour. Our hope is to have continuous prayer throughout the 24-hour period.
The origin of vigil prayer lies with Jesus himself on the night of his betrayal during Holy Week. As Judas led authorities and a crowd of armed men deep into that darkest night to capture him, Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane. Clubs and swords were their weapons. Prayer was his weapon, and it was more than sufficient to keep him.
He desired his disciples – Peter, James and John – to pray with him. Three times he roused them from sleep to pray, but they would not. He asked that piercing question in Mark’s Gospel; “Could you not watch one hour?” He then entreated, “Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
Communion with God occurs uniquely through prayer. While he is everywhere and at all times present, it is through prayer that we make ourselves present to him. Vigil Prayer is our spending time with the Lord to hear as well as to speak, to receive as well as to ask.
Through the Holy Spirit we had three rich seasons of vigil prayer last year. Now we continue, especially to cultivate our passion for Christ in light of his passion for us. What better time to do so than as we enter into Holy Week!
Love to All,