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A Church of All Cultures

A Church of All Cultures

A  T W E L V E - W E E K  P R A Y E R  G U I D E

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We long for the full realization of our unity with every brother and sister in Christ. Ignorance, indifference, insensitivity, or overt hostility regarding ethnic and cultural differences poison our experience of oneness for which Christ prayed in John 17. Members of our congregation have been hurt and have been the cause of hurts. Though this reality is undeniable, it is perceived as unbelievable and unmentionable by too many.

Through a season of common, focused prayer, it is our hope that the Holy Spirit will do the necessary work in us individually and collectively, so that with truth and grace we can begin a public conversation on racial reconciliation, in November of 2024.

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” (John 17:20-23

We want to be healed so that we can be one.  We want our unity to be the canvas upon which Jesus’ glory is displayed, so that the community of Rochester, MN will be captivated by his truth, goodness, and beauty.

This purpose of this prayer guide is not to confront Autumn Ridge Church with our own sins of racial insensitivity or racism. Nor is the purpose to provide solutions to these ills. Rather, it is to align us in prayer so that the Holy Spirit will prepare us for the conversations, repentance, and work to come later.

Each emphasis will elevate a key passage, with commentary that aligns our thinking with God’s vision, and a corresponding prayer to be repeated for the week. Ethnically diverse authors, pastors, and leaders will be featured as a means to model mutual submission, broaden our perspectives, and strengthen our capacity to identify with the full body of Christ.

A Church of All Cultures

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Weeks 5-8

Weeks 9-12