Dear friends –

Yesterday I was noodling our sermon text from Luke 18:1-8 for this coming Sunday, which begins:  “Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart.”  A bit later in the day I happened across this post in my Facebook feed: 

“This election season has been among the most contentious in recent memory. But whatever our politics, as Christians we always have something we can do. We can pray. For the 30 days leading up to the election, Forward Movement is calling Episcopalians and all others to join us in a time of prayer.”

I was not familiar with the organization Forward Movement, but I was drawn to the online resource they are providing called “A Season of Prayer:  For An Election.” Here’s the link if you’d like to check it out:  http://news.forwardmovement.org/2016/09/a-season-of-prayer-for-an-election/   (Note there are Facebook and Twitter links, as well as a downloadable prayer guide that you can print.)   

If you’d like to follow along, the prayers started October 9, so we are a few days behind, but you can catch up, or just start today.  We’ll have some copies available on Sunday, too.

Truthfully, I don’t think I’m a great pray-er.  I get tongue tied.  I get tired of the sound of my voice.  And, um, I get lazy!  And sometimes, in response, the silence is deafening.  But, I keep praying, I keep trying, I keep at it simply because I know how much I need God, how much we need God. Boy do we ever. 

No matter what your political persuasion, I hope you’ll consider joining me (and many others!) in prayer this election season.  It seems like a good opportunity to lean into what it means to “pray always and not lose heart.”

Be the church!

Pastor Heidi