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Day 23 – A Declaration: Jesus, our cornerstone

By Leona Day

Leona Day works in Digital Events for Tearfund.

Approximately 1-minute read

‘For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.’ (Ephesians 2:18-22)

Christmas is a very special time for families – attending a midnight service on Christmas Eve, being together and preparing dinner for the big day.

The Black Majority Church in the UK is known for its vibrant rhythm of prayer and, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus – through whom we have access to the Father – we look toward a time of coming before the throne and raising our voices to him.

Apart from Christmas services, the night of ‘crossover’ from one year to the next is particularly significant in being a time when many Black Majority Churches will congregate together to bring the New Year in through prayer, worship and celebration. This is often followed by a week (and sometimes a month) of dedicated corporate prayer and fasting.

As part of this, in 2021, Tearfund launched the first ever Declaration – an exciting initiative which offered a week-long programme of events featuring worship, testimony, seminars and prayer particularly aimed at engaging and mobilising the Black Majority Church.

It was an uplifting and powerful way to start the year… and we’re doing it again to start 2022!

We believe that prayer is action. Declaration provides an annual opportunity to spend time in intercessory prayer at the start of a brand new year – providing a space for every person attending to live a whole-life transformation and reach their God-given potential.

Declaration invites you to join in prayer and lead in the conversation of issues around injustice.

We’ll be hosting a guest-filled week of prayer and discussion with leaders and influencers, along with Tearfund staff. We’re especially looking forward to having our own Seth Pinnock interview Dr Bernice A King – the youngest child of the late great Martin Luther King Jr. Bernice is a global thought leader, orator, peace advocate, and Chief Executive Officer of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change.

Lord,

At this time of Advent, we thank you for the gift of your son and we thank you for the gift of prayer. As the new year approaches, help us to make prayer our priority. We lift Declaration before you and pray you will bless all those involved.

Amen.

 

Click here to find out more about Declaration 2022!

Keep an eye on Instagram and Twitter for more information.

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