DAY OF PRAYER AND REPENTANCE FOR OUR COUNTRY
The Trinity Lutheran Board of Deacons has decided to hold a Day of Prayer and Repentance at our church on the anniversary of the attacks of 9/11. In the history of our country, national days of prayer were proclaimed on many occasions, since even before the founding of our nation in 1776. On March 30, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation expressing the idea "that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins", and designated the day of April 30, 1863 as a day of "national humiliation, fasting and prayer" in the hope that God would respond by restoring "our now divided and suffering Country, to its former happy condition of unity and peace". He went on to say, "...it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord." Although we are not currently in the midst of the sort of 'civil war' that existed in the time of President Lincoln, we yet live in the midst of troubling times. One need only watch the evening news to be made aware of that: shootings, violence of all kinds, corruption, greed, rampant immorality, killing of the unborn in the name of freedom, the breakdown of the traditional family, the marginalization of churches that don't go along with the culture, drug abuse and its effects. I could continue. As President Lincoln suggested, it may well be that such things are happening as "a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins." And the remedy then is the remedy now, that we acknowledge our dependence upon God, and our need to come to Him in prayer in all humility and trust for the good of our nation and its rulers. On Wednesday, September 11, the Trinity Lutheran sanctuary will be open for twelve hours, beginning at 7:00am, for any who wish to come in to pray. And then at 7:00pm, we will have a simple service of scripture readings, a message, songs, and prayer. We extend an invitation to the entire community to participate with us that day, and encourage everyone to invite your family, neighbors and co-workers to do the same.
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