Bethel’s Rule of Life invites us to cultivate a daily life of prayer. The congregation engages in the practice of prayer both personally and corporately. Corporate prayer occurs in the gatherings for worship as well as our gathering for prayer on Friday morning (10:00am). A commitment to personal prayer is illustrated through teaching sessions on prayer lead by both the pastoral staff and lay members. Members of our congregation are also encouraged to participate in Bethel’s weekly cycle of prayer.
Bethel’s Weekly Cycle of Prayer
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
II Chronicles 7:14
This prayer guide invites the people of Bethel to pray specifically for our communities. The guide offers a framework for remembering various personal and communal needs, agencies, and decision-makers. Feel free to personalize the prayers as you become more aware of issues and concerns.
Pray for Quincy every day: for the healing of the community; for the sick and suffering; for the welfare of all our neighbors; for the reign of God’s way of being in our neighborhood.
Mondays: Our neighbors who live in the City of Quincy, the Mayor, City Council, and School Board. Non-profit organizations and their ministries. All schools: students, teachers, and staff. Day care centers. All who suffer from addiction and dependency. The pastoral staff and parishioners of Bethel.
Tuesdays: Our neighbors who live in Adams’ Shore, Houghs Neck, and Germantown. The churches of the city of Quincy: members and clergy. An end to sexism and ageism. All who live in poverty. All who suffer from mental illness.
Wednesdays: The Governor of the Commenwealth of Massachusetts and all who work in State Government. All who work in businesses which provide services to others. All who work in construction. Hospitals and nursing homes: patients, residents, and staff; all who provide health care. Victims of violent crime; all who commit violent crime. All senior citizens.
Thursdays: Our neighbors who live in Dorchester, Milton, Braintree, and Weymouth, the town and city Councils and School Boards. All who work in banks and finance. Prisons and jails of metropolitan Boston: prisoners and staff. All who are unemployed or underemployed. All public servants.
Fridays: Our neighbors who live in metropolitan Boston, the mayors, city councils, and school boards. All who work in the manufacturing industry in metropolitan Boston. The police, fire, and rescue workers. The courts. All young people. All who hurt, need inner healing, or are unable to love.
Saturdays: Our neighbors who live around the world. All who work in the retail trade in metropolitan Boston and those who own businesses. Counselors and spiritual directors. All victims of abuse; all perpetrators of abuse.
Sundays: All places of prayer and worship. Our neighboring churches: Houghs’ Neck Congregational and Holy Trinity Parish. An end to racism and racial prejudice. Universities, colleges, and technical schools. All who seek God.