Each year the Day of Prayer celebrates two fundamental realities about Gordon. On the one hand, we are one body in Christ. By praying together in two large chapel services on Tuesday, we sought the Lord as one campus. The morning service began with the Morning Chapel Band, the Dance Ministry, and others, all calling us to worship. We moved through a time of individual and corporate confession. And we prayed in groups for the needs of this community, this nation, and all nations.
In the evening we worshipped again as one in the chapel with a congregational expression of the Psalms through song. From a lone voice in the darkness expressing the cries of the Psalmist in Psalm 130, to voices in unison reading the Psalms of Ascent; from hymns to contemporary music to bluegrass; from a Taizé chorus to Gospel music led by the Gospel Choir, we raised our voices in prayer and praise together, using the words of the Psalms.
On the other hand, we recognized through this day the Church's rich scope and variety. Our students, faculty and staff at Gordon come from more than 40 denominations and worshiping traditions. Reflecting this diversity, the Day of Prayer saw students pray in multiple ways and various settings: floor prayer, Catacombs, early morning student-led prayer, Orthodox Matins, departmental prayer, prayer through hymns, Roman Catholic Vespers, creative prayers through writing on stones, praying through the Psalms around a fire pit, and guided prayer for the persecuted church.
There was a palpable sense of God's presence hovering over the campus on the Day of Prayer. God is always present at Gordon, but we often neglect to recognize and appreciate his presence with us each day. On the Day of Prayer we paused as a community, taking a break from our daily routines, to give to God our praises and petitions, and to seek his voice. We are grateful to serve a God who draws near when his people call on him.
Photo: Praying through the Psalms, hosted by Men’s Ministry.
Blog post by Abram Kielsmeier-Jones, Director of Christian Life and Worship.