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“But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on
its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.” Jeremiah 29:7


The above verse is from the prophet Jeremiah’s letter to the Jewish exiles in Babylon. He is telling the

exiles to settle in because they will be in exile for seventy years. He also tells them to see the shalom of

the city. Often this Hebrew word is translated “peace.” Yet it is much more than just peace or the absence

of violence or war. It speaks to the well-being and wholeness of the person, community, and society. The prophet is telling the people that their very well-being is connected to the well-being of the city where they are now in exile. Imagine being told that you are to pray for the well-being and the success of your enemies. It is almost as bad as Jesus telling us to love our enemies. Yet their very well-being is de-pendent on the prosperity of the Babylonians.


We aren’t doing anything quite so radical, but during the 40 days of Lent we will be joining with Easton Presbyterian Church and Grace Lutheran Church to be praying for the well-being and prosperity of our community. Each week we want to focus our prayers on differ-ent aspects of our community. The various themes of our prayer are: other religious organi-zations, local government, education and schools, health care, helping agencies, the econo-my, and finally the least, forgotten, and ignored. Each day will offer a scripture passage along with a brief explanation and then space to journal and write your own prayers. It

is our hope that you will not rush through this, but take time to seriously pray each day for that day’s topic

and record your thoughts and prayers.


We want this to be more than just praying for the community, but something that will lead us to action. Often people make personal sacrifices during Lent, be it fasting or giving up something that one enjoys. We want to suggest that the sacrifice this year be in the way of seeking the welfare of the community. We hope that you will be inspired to think of ways that you might support, encourage, and/or get involved in the community. This could in-clude letters, a visit to an agency, taking a meal or snacks to an agency, or volunteering.

Perhaps our church could plan to do something on a larger scale than what we as individuals are capable of doing.


In conjunction with the 40 Days of Prayer, there will a Taize service each Wednesday during
Lent at the Easton Presbyterian Church, 11:30 till around noon. For those unfamiliar
with Taize worship, the service includes the singing of simple songs, scripture readings,
times of prayer, and celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Part of each service will include prayers
from the 40 Days of Prayer theme for that week. The first service will be Wednesday
March 6, which is Ash Wednesday, and will include the Imposition of Ashes. This is a joint
endeavor including St Paul’s, Grace, and Easton Presbyterian Churches.


We hope that you will participate in these Lenten activities.

Pastor Paul, along with Mike Hiner, Pastor Julie Hart and Pastor Duke Dixon

 

 

 

 

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