Last week, Pastor Rossow highlighted a curious event taking place in St. Louis this coming September. It’s called PRAY 2009 and the two pastors planning it hope to spark a prayer movement throughout the Synod. It seems somewhat political — and I don’t mean that in a bad way. It’s just that, according to the story, President Kieschnick’s assistant said that this September event “is the first of several prayer emphases leading up to the 2010 Synod convention in Houston.” There’s nothing wrong with politics, of course, and everyone should be praying leading up to that most important convention.
Anyway, to get this event going, the two pastors are contacting “intercessors,” which they define as follows:
Belton and Bira define a Synod intercessor as “[anyone] who regularly intercedes for our nation, our church, church leaders, and the world.”
Now, if all of our congregations were worshiping liturgically, that would define every single member of an LCMS congregation, no? I have been a member of several LCMS congregations — all liturgical — and one of the things that we have done each and every week is pray for the nation, the Synod, Synodical leaders and the world (although not in that order).
It’s just a good reminder of how all of these efforts to do something “different” are actually not that different. I mean, they may be different for people who don’t worship liturgically, but they’re not different for those of us who do.