I knew it was coming…

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A Guest Post, by Drew Smith

I knew it was coming, but I was still surprised at how deeply it struck me as we began to unravel the sweaters. We were praying in a semi-circle at last year’s Vigil. As we meditated on how God wants to help us “unravel” our veils of self-focus so we can see Him more clearly, we literally pulled apart the threads of blankets and sweaters and then wrapped the strings around nails to form the letters G-L-O-R-Y. Across the hours of the Vigil, a kind of public art emerged, handcrafted in prayer by Christ Church.

And it was true! As we prayed together, God’s glory WAS becoming more evident. We experienced that it’s one thing to pray by yourself, and it’s another thing to commit ourselves to prayer together. If you were there last year, you probably remember what it felt like to draw near to God and to one another.

If you missed last year, I have good news! Next weekend, you have another chance!

Like last year, you’ll come for one hour and be guided through several styles of prayer. We’ll again be creating a few pieces of “prayer-art” as the Vigil progresses. I hope you’ll find it accessible and engaging, for you and perhaps even for your school-aged kids and older.

New this year, our focus is “love where we live”. Since we live all around Austin, the Vigil will move to a new house every fourth hour so we can gather in our different neighborhoods and pray for different places. We’ll finish in our soon-to-be shared neighborhood, the downtown eastside.

Would you sign up for an hour? You can choose any hour(s) that works for you, not just the location nearest to you. I know it’s not easy to commit any hour to prayer. And some of the hours of a Vigil are truly tough (I see you 3AM!). But, I also know God has been faithful to draw near to us as we’ve drawn near to him!

Everyone is also encouraged to also come to the finale of our vigil, the Concert of Prayer, Sat, from 5 to 6 pm, in the sanctuary of our building at 112 Medina St, 78702. Together we’ll sing and pray and celebrate what God has done!  –Drew