“I look to You for help, O Sovereign LORD.
You are my refuge….” ~Psalm 141:8a~
Welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning. Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. In our café area hangs a poster with suggestions about how to pray for this need. For even more info, visit idop.org or icommittopray.com.
Henry VIII of England left no male heirs to the throne, only two daughters. The youngest, Elizabeth, had Protestant beliefs like her father, but Mary was a staunch Catholic. When Mary came to power, she swept the country for “heretics” with any kind of Protestant leanings and had them burned at the stake. Mary died childless and England made Elizabeth queen. She decreed Protestantism the official state church, but unlike her sister, she refused to put to a martyr’s death those who disagreed with her.
Englishman John Foxe survived those horrible years even though he was a well-known Protestant. The climate of persecution caused him to research and write “Foxe’s Book of Martyrs.” We are reminded again this year that martyrdom is not a piece of history from the Middle Ages. In fact, more Christians have been martyred in the last 100 years than the previous 1,900 combined! We owe a debt of solidarity to our persecuted brothers and sisters, and I ask you to join me this week in a concerted wave of prayer.
This evening is our OutPour dinner at 6pm. Next Sunday evening is our annual special business meeting. We’ll preview and discuss next year’s ministry budget, vote on new committee members, and share some important church information. Come and be a part of both of these important events in the life and ministry of our church.Thank you to all who made last week’s Trunk or Treat outreach such a great event. God is working through you! Have a great week.