Sunday, March 25, at 7 p.m. in the Chapel
WELCOME TO THE FAQ PAGE FOR THE
ALL-CHURCH CONCERT OF PRAYER,
“GLORY IN THE CROSS”
Led by Remco Brommet, with inspiring worship
A time of prayer to prepare ourselves, our homes, and our church for the Easter Season.
What is a “Prayer Concert”?
Prayer Concerts date back to the New England Revivals in the late 1800s and have persisted ever since as a way to bring people from many different backgrounds and with many different prayer styles to pray together “in concert.” This means two things: the people coming together pray “concertedly,” meaning earnestly and fervently; and they bring their different ways of praying together to make a beautiful symphony – a concert! – unto the Lord as they all tune in to the One Conductor, the Holy Spirit.
What should I expect at a Prayer Concert?
You should come with an open heart, ready to join other members of the congregation to seek God in prayer to empower the ministries and the spiritual life of the church. Expect to experience a variety of different prayer styles – worship, of course, as well as silent personal prayer, prayers led from the front, brief times of prayer with others in small huddles, as well as brief moments of listening to the Lord – all around the common theme of living generously toward God, toward ourselves, and toward others.
Why is praying together important?
In our individualistic American culture we often forget that Christianity as described in the New Testament was a group experience. In Acts 2:42 it already states that they met together and “…devoted themselves to prayer.” In Acts 4, Luke describes the first ever recorded prayer meeting, whereby the believers, in response to the Sanhedrin’s order to stop preaching the Gospel, lifted their voices “as one to God” praying for boldness (rather than protection). Matthew 18:19 implies that when we pray together, it increases the faith and the urgency with which we pray. Jesus implies here that God values, and responds to, urgent prayer together as the ultimate expression of unity and identification with His Will. John Piper perhaps said it best: “God has decreed to win great triumphs through the prayers of His people.”
Why should I attend?
Because you promised to serve Roswell United Methodist church when you became a member. Because you don’t want to miss out on the experience of standing before God together and seeing Him respond to our united prayers. Because united, all-church prayer is one of the greatest spiritual disciplines of the Church, and by participating in it you will grow in faith, in unity, and in the knowledge of God. Who wouldn’t want that?
Help, I’ve never prayed out loud in a group before! Do I have to?
The answer is: no, you don’t have to. However (you knew this was coming didn’t you), prayer huddles are instructed to be bold and be brief. This means that you are strongly encouraged to try. God’s heart is gladdened by a stumbling, simple, two-sentence prayer when uttered with a sincere heart! It also means that we encourage those who are used to praying in groups and perhaps have the tendency to “hog the spiritual airwaves” (so to speak!) to be brief in order to give others a chance. After a Concert of Prayer in a Presbyterian Church several people came forward to express personally that this was the first time they ever prayed out loud in a group, and that it changed their lives!
Is child care provided?
Unfortunately, no childcare is provided for this event.
How long is the program?
Approximately an hour and a half (but you never know, with God!).
Who is this Remco Brommet feller who is leading this?
Remco and his wife, Jennifer, joined Roswell UMC officially two years ago, and he has been teaching in various Adult Sunday School classes on Sunday mornings. Remco served the national Prayer Concerts movement for spiritual awakening for almost 20 years full-time, facilitating city-wide Concerts of Prayer with thousands, all-church Prayer Concerts, Marches for Jesus, and Pastors' Prayer Summits. He currently works full-time for the City of Johns Creek as Victim Advocate and volunteers his time as Chaplain for the Johns Creek Fire and Police Department, the Milton Fire and Police department, and the Chatcomm 911 Call Center.
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