"Thy Kingdom come, on Earth as it is in Heaven."
This was the plea that underscored yesterday's Day of Prayer events. In various ways all over campus, students, faculty and staff took a break from the normal pace of academic life to refocus on God's Kingdom—His reign, as well as our responsibility to further it.
Dr. Greg Carmer, dean of chapel, commented on that duality at the start of the morning's worship service. "We are utterly dependent on God, and yet we must be attentive to our call to be wise stewards." The morning prayer service drew from a range of traditions and prayer styles—from liturgical to small groups to a performance by Gordon's Dance Ministry team.
Elsewhere around campus, other groups sponsored prayer opportunities, including prayer for the persecuted church, prayer through art and writing, and liturgical prayer. Out on the chapel lawn, Gordon College's Men's Ministry stoked a wood fire and led prayer through the Psalms, without ceasing, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. An additional worship service that afternoon was hosted by Gordon's multicultural club, ALANA (individuals of African-American, Latino, Asian, and Native American descent), and featured music, prayer and Bible readings in multiple languages.
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