This election season has been among the most contentious in recent memory. But whatever our politics, as Christians we always have something we can do. We can pray. For the 30 days leading up to the election, Forward Movement is calling Episcopalians and all others to join us in a time of prayer. (Read Scott Gunn’s full invitation to prayer here.)
Below is the list of downloadable bulletin inserts for A Season of Prayer: For an Election. (We will also be sharing the prayers daily on our Facebook and Twitter feeds, and in Spanish on Adelante día a día.)
Saint Barbara’s story sounds like the Brothers Grimm wrote it. Complete with a tall, lonely, locked tower, truly questionable parenting methods, a poorly-chosen set of suitors, and people being turned into stone or struck by lightning, Barbara’s story is not for the faint-hearted, or for folks who have a hard time using their imaginations. Due to her childhood spent being warehoused as a commodity for trade by her pagan-merchant father, Barbara (in addition to being one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, and the patron of architects, firemen, mathematicians, miners, and Syria, among others) is the patron saint of warehouses and warehouse workers. Bet you didn’t know that…
By Wolfgang Sauber (Own work) [GFDL]
At Forward Movement, we believe that Jesus and his friends are important people to know. The books we publish, the resources we produce, the meetings we have, and our communication with our readers and customers are all shaped around our mission of inspiring disciples and empowering evangelists. That’s where the life of Saint Barbara and the life of Forward Movement meet and mingle, and the space we’re using to celebrate this dance is our warehouse—where we are currently having a sale!
We’re moving warehouses, and we’d like to let you help us make that transition a little easier by buying some truly lovely books, booklets, and pamphlets. We’ve made it easy to help by marking down some of our best-loved and frequently-used seasonal offerings—including items from Lent Madness—as well as some of our more focused meditation books—like The Soul’s Journey: An Artist’s Approach to the Stations of the Cross. You can also pick up a copy of what we are sure is Saint Barbara’s favorite Forward Movement book, Bible Women: All Their Words and Why They Matter.
Whether you take advantage of this great sale, or simply take away a new person to read about on your next trip down a Wikipedia wormhole, we hope that you know your friends at Forward Movement are always thinking about ways to help you know Jesus better, to inspire your discipleship and empower your evangelism. We look forward to talking to you soon.
Peace and Joy,
Your Friends at Forward Movement
At Forward Movement, when we ask for your donation, we’re asking you to help us give the gift of prayer and practice to people in need. We often receive letters like the one below, sent to us in February by Michael Gilbert, who is incarcerated in Oklahoma. Michael’s words are a remarkable testament to the power of prayer in times of struggle—and to the impact of your gift.
Dear Forward Day by Day,
Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
I noticed in the February, March, April edition of Forward Day by Day that you were looking for stories from your regular readers. I would like to take this opportunity to share with you the impact your ministry has had on my life.
When I first arrived at James Crabtree Correctional Center in Helene, Oklahoma as an inmate in 2005, I was a very angry person. I was angry with myself, our society, and with God. All human decency and any sign of God seem to be missing from our legal system when viewed from the perspective of a person on trial.
I began to see Christ when I was invited to attend a Kairos prison ministry four-day weekend. My sponsor, John Pearson, an Episcopalian, started providing me copies of Forward Day by Day. Through daily use of this publication I developed a spiritual practice of daily prayer, meditation, and scripture reading such as I had never known before. My thinking began to change. I began to change. I became less angry.
My pace of spiritual growth greatly increased when your ministry gifted me a copy of Hour by Hour. I began praying four times a day. With this addition to my life I began to focus more on Christ, to consider his point of view. I was soon praying even when the set times were not at hand.
I found myself feeling connected, a part of the Forward Movement family, a participant with the Episcopal Communion, and a member of the body of Christ.
Today I am thankful to be growing in Christ and worshipping him in fellowship with St. Patrick’s Community, the prison ministry sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Oklahoma. I am a much different person today than I was in 2005. I am less angry, less destructive, and more loving. I have been rehabilitated, not by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, but by the love of Christ shown to me through the Episcopal Church. Your ministry at Forward Movement started me down the path and nurtured me on the journey. I am profoundly grateful for all you have given me. May God bless everybody involved with Forward Movement.
Your friend and brother in Christ,
Will you consider making a donation of any size today, and help us send the gift of prayer to those in need?
In this week’s edition of our weekly newsletter, Deputy Director Richelle Thompson writes about a remarkable encounter with a couple of longtime Forward Day by Day readers in an airport. It’s truly a moving testament to our mission, and a great story!
Dear friends in Christ,
Forward Movement isn’t a publishing company. We’re a ministry. Sure, we publish–in print, online, as apps and podcasts, ebooks and blogs. But our mission is to be a ministry that inspires disciples and empowers evangelists.
Deadlines and budgets sometimes cloud the focus. That’s why hearing from readers matters so much, fuels us and reminds us of our purpose.
I had the privilege of meeting devoted Forward Day by Day readers a few weeks ago in a chance encounter at an airport. At ages 89 and 102 (not a typo!), the couple serve as chaplains to retired clergy. I told them about my work at Forward Movement. The man’s eyes lit up. He reached into his bag. I never travel without these two items, he said. And he showed me a tattered Book of Common Prayer and the latest issue of Forward Day by Day, bound together by a rubber band.
He uses Forward Day by Day in a Bible study that he has led at a mental hospital for more than twenty years. He mentioned that he needed to order some copies in Spanish for a few new residents. It was my privilege and honor to tell him that Forward Movement would send those for free as part of our ministry. I told him that we are supported by generous donors who enable us to send for free every year more than 100,000 resources for Bible study and daily spiritual reflection to prisons, nursing homes, and hospitals.
The chaplain smiled. It was God’s plan that we meet today, he said. God works in wondrous ways.
Deputy Director and Managing Editor
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