Next 24-7 Prayer Week: March 20-27, 2016

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Our next 24-7 prayer week will begin on Palm Sunday, March 20th @ 6pm and continue until Easter Sunday. It will once again be located at 601 N. Greene Street (the corner of Smith and Greene Sts. in downtown Greensboro).

This time, to help things run more smoothly with less “gaps”, we are hoping to fill in our day time hours first and then fill our night time hours. That said, please sign up whenever you are able to come pray at http://www.24-7prayer.com/signup/54c828. Our theme for this prayer week will appropriately be “Mercy”.

24-7 Prayer during Holy Week 2015

Our next non-stop week-long prayer event starts this Sunday (March 29: Palm Sunday) at 6pm. It is located at 601 N. Greene Street (the corner of Smith and Greene Sts. in downtown Greensboro).

In the room, there will be some creative meditations (“prayer stations”) inspired by the 7 final words of Jesus on the cross. However, visitors are always free to pray as they feel led. Please sign up here for an hour (or more) to keep prayer going 24-7 for our city and for one another. You can also stop by the prayer room any evening between 6-9pm (March 29-April 5) if you are unable to sign up for a private slot. Except for those 3 nightly hours, the room will be “closed” and only available for those who have signed up (for security reasons).

Find us on Facebook or Twitter (@24_7Greensboro) for more information about this event as it is released. We look forward to praying with you during Holy Week!

 

Gratitude and Looking Forward

We are so grateful for all the support from our community–finances, prayer, donations, time, hands lightening the work load–that made the spring 2014 prayer event a success!

 

Coordinating with the Servant Leadership School during the 2014 Co-Creation Conference, we were able to be available to people visiting from across the state and the country. It was an immeasurable blessing to worship in unity with new friends: to share needs, to rejoice and to mourn together, to encounter God and to grow as One Body.

 

We are ready to do it all again! Lord willing, our next prayer event will be in the fall of 2014. We are excited to continue to move forward in this vision to bring prayer to Greensboro 24-7.

 

We welcome all who feel led to be a part of this movement, in whatever capacity you feel able. Please do not hesitate to contact Laura Fissel if you want to contribute to this upcoming event. We look forward to connecting with you, and are excited to create something together that might encourage, unify, uplift and grow us in relationship with Christ and each other.

It begins! 24-7 Prayer for Spring 2014

We are finally here, at the end of long months of planning and anticipation: the spring 24/7 prayer room begins tonight at 6pm and will continue through the week, ending next Sunday at 6pm. Every hour of the day or night this week, without ceasing, people from various denominations across Greensboro will gather at this little prayer room on Smith and Greene to encounter God and intercede for one another.

 

In a creative space inspired by the words of Christ from the Sermon on the Mount, this next week we will watch the room fill with art constructed from paper, fabric, yarn, or glass that will reflect petitions and thanksgivings, confessions and adorations. And we will witness people who were once strangers reaching out to pray for one another as their words, requests, and prayer art intermingle to create something new, beautiful, interconnected.

 

Like all of our events, this week is a commitment to keeping prayer going in our city 24/7 for 7 days. During this time, our hope is for the people of Greensboro to experience spiritual refreshment, connectivity with one another, and a renewed passion for prayer. We hope that you will join us at the prayer room this week by coming by during open hours or signing up for a private hour of prayer.

 

The 24-7 Greensboro Board has been planning and praying for this event for the past four months, and it is our great pleasure to open up this space that has become dear to us to the city that we love. We hope that you are blessed and encouraged as you take part in this experience of quiet, restorative creativity and prayer as together we lift up one another, Greensboro, and the world to the God who Hears.

Spring 2014 Prayer Room!

Greetings all! We are happy to announce that our next week of non-stop prayer will be April 27-May 4 at 601 N. Greene St (at the corner of Smith St. and Greene St.) in downtown Greensboro! For those who were able to join us for the fall 2013 event, this is the same location that we were at in November.

 

Our prayer week is purposefully coinciding with the 2014 Co-Creation Conference being held in downtown Greensboro from May 1-3. We are pleased to have the opportunity to also be available to conference attendees during those days. If you would like to know more about this conference, please click here to view the website for the event!

 

Things will look a little different for this upcoming prayer room: we will be opening the prayer room for morning, afternoon, and evening open hours to make more space for people to walk in to pray. These hours will be 6-9am, 12-2pm, and 6-9pm. If you would like to reserve the prayer room for private individual or group prayer time, please sign up for an available time on the calendar at the bottom of this blog.

 

As of January, 24-7 Greensboro has an official Board of Directors that is working together to improve our tiny organization. This first board is comprised of people from the Triad who have been invested in 24-7 prayer for a long while: Heather Burress, Rebecca Aydelette, Becky Souder Knorpp, Carolyn Chester, Ryan Kildoo and Laura Fissel. As we seek God’s vision for the theme of this next prayer room and work out necessary logistics, please keep us in your prayers. You can be a part of this event RIGHT NOW by covering it in prayer!

 

Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get more immediate updated news, or check back on the website for updated information over the next few months.

 

As always, we look forward to gathering with you again in prayer for our city and the world through this unique event.

 

Sunday, November 17th: The Room will STILL be OPEN!

We apologize that Sunday, November 17th, is not on the online calendar (at the bottom of the blog). I am creating a schedule HERE for those hours because the room IS OPEN!!! Please email me at laura@fissel.com if you want to come pray some time on Sunday, November 17th, at the space. Thank you!

 

Sunday, November 17th:

 

12am-1am: Liz Fisher

 

1-2am: Liz Fisher

 

2-3am: Liz Fisher

 

3-4am: Eloise and Mary Mac

 

4-5am: Hannah Mould

 

5-6am: Hannah Mould

 

6-7am: Steve Jacks

 

7-8am: Steve Jacks

 

8-9am: Steve Jacks

 

9-10am: Steve Jacks

 

10-11am: Holy Trinity Youth

 

11am-12pm: Annie Slaughter

 

12-1pm: Marshall Lakes

 

1-2pm: Marshall Lakes

 

2-3pm: Ginny and Holy Trinity young adults

 

3-4pm: Marlene Durr

 

4-5pm: Larry and Lynne Bost

 

5-6pm: Larry and Lynne Bost

 

6pm: Event Ended, Room Closed

DONATIONS NEEDED FOR THE ROOM IN ONE WEEK!!!!!

The prayer room is going to be up and running in 7 days! There are several items that we need for the room and we are asking for people to donate as they are led. Here is our list! If you’re interested, then please write Laura Fissel at laura@fissel.com or call me at 336-420-0825 so I can get them from you!


Also, if you would like to send a financial gift, you can write a check, making it out to “24-7 Greensboro,” and sending it to 2639 Walker Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27403.


NEEDED ITEMS:

Double-sided tape
Duck tape (black/white)
Bubbles and wands
Acrylic paints
Grill lighters
Candles (pillar)
Half n half
K-cups (coffee/tea)

Flat bedsheets (neutral colors and/or very small, subtle prints)


Thank you for all you do to make this event possible. We are looking forward to spending time in prayer with you next week!


-The 24-7 Greensboro Team

Fall 2013 Prayer Room: November 10-16

Once again, we are here: on the other side of the long, vibrant intensity of summer, stepping into the softer, shorter hours of Fall. This is the season of ripening, of harvest, but with the characteristic insanity of the holidays looming in the distance, it may not feel like a season of rest or enjoyment.

 

Our 24-7 Greensboro Team is in the midst of preparations for our Fall prayer event. November 10-16, we will open a Sacred Space on the corner of Smith Street and Greene Street in downtown Greensboro: a place to pause and reflect on your personal pilgrimage, and to intercede on behalf of your community. As always, our desire is to see people from all over the city gathering in unity to fill this place with prayer 24 hours a day for the full week. With focused, multi-sensory prayer stations, we hope to facilitate a private space of freedom, restoration and peace for the city of Greensboro.

 

Won’t you consider taking a step beyond skepticism, cynicism, doubt, fear, or busy-ness to see how this event might be a part of your wholeness and healing?

 

We hope to be a part of this season of your life.

 

 

 

*You can click on the side-bar or on the calendar below to sign up for an hour of private, personal prayer during the week of this event. You may choose to come alone, or to attend with your community. Know that between the hours of 6 and 10pm every night, the room will be unlocked and open for anyone who wants to pray (no schedule necessary), and will often include live worship music. All other hours, the door will be locked for privacy and security. During those times, when you arrive for your time of prayer, you will be admitted by the person scheduled before you, as you will admit the person who comes into the space after you.

The Deep Well of Solitude (inspired by Nouwen)

“Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure. Somewhere we know that without a lonely place our actions quickly become empty gestures. The careful balance between silence and words, withdrawal and involvement, distance and closeness, solitude and community forms the basis of the Christian life and should therefore be subject of our most personal attention” (Out of Solitude by Henri Nouwen, page 18).

 

Those words–“careful balance,” of the outer and an inner life–are worth contemplation. The degree to which these pieces are in balance is equal to their degree of health and richness–the one nourishes the other.

 

Our world is undeniably quick to parcel out labels which find their basis in human action and accomplishment. In Nowen’s words, “practically all of us think about ourselves in terms of our contribution to life. And when we have become old, much of our feelings of happiness or sadness depend on our evaluation of the part we played in giving shape to our world and its history” (page 21). Our worth is quick to find its shape by the world’s standard of measurement. And so even before we are aware, we become locked in a dangerous cycle in which our self-definition springs from our actions, fueled by the responses of others to what we have done, flowing from and ever coming back to our self as source. “We are intelligent because someone gives us a high grade. We are helpful because someone says thanks. We are likable because someone likes us. We are important because someone considers us indispensable. In short, we are worthwhile because we have successes” (page 22).

 

In the middle of the swiftly turning world, we spin in this wicked cycle, over and over again. But we are not a deep enough source to cope with the pressure of self-definition, to bear the weight of others’ expectations. Although we may have begun to reach into the world creatively and lovingly and enthusiastically out of deep, healthy, and spiritual desires, these motivations quite easily become “more an expression of fear than inner freedom” (page 24) as we seek to maintain our own worth by them.
Enter Solitude–a stepping out of the mad spinning of life into a place still, centering, so totally other that our eyes are able to adjust to the truth of our situation.

Christ was our example in this practice. “Jesus went to a lonely place to pray (Mark 1:32-39), that is, to grow in the awareness that all the power he had was given to him; that all the words he spoke came from his Father; and that all the works he did were not really his, but the works of the One who had sent him. In the lonely place Jesus was made free to fail” (page 25).
In Solitude, we find the space to reconnect to the True Source, and find it to be endless, fulfilling, and safe. There we find our true worth, disconnected from anything we have done or will do. It springs from the one who “first loved us” (1 John 4:19) and so it is not ours to maintain. “In solitude, we become aware that our worth is not the same as our usefulness…we discover that being is more important than having, and that we are worth more than the result of our efforts” (page 26).

 

Here is the end result of living in that “careful balance”:

“As a community of faith we work hard, but we are not destroyed by the lack of results. And as a community of faith we remind one another constantly that we form a fellowship of the weak, transparent to him who speaks to us in the lonely places of our existence and says: Do not be afraid, you are accepted” (page 28).

 

Won’t you join us at 24-7 Greensboro in plunging boldly into the deep well of Solitude? 

 

Prayer as a Family

We the 24-7 prayer team want to encourage families to take time to experience the prayer room together next week. We believe this sacred space is not only a place for adults, but a place for kids to learn about and participate in prayer with their parents. As team member Brandi Lovejoy expresses:

“The prayer room has tangible, hands-on stations that bring the Bible to life and provide solitude and intercession for His followers.  There will be reflective areas as well as more hands-on areas.  We’ve even added some elements that encourage kids to participate and several of the stations are kid-friendly, with adult supervision. We’d really like to see families as well as individuals participate.  So sign up for an hour or more for yourself and then sign up again with your kids.  This is a great opportunity to disciple your kids and grow in Christ together!!”

In many ways, children bear insight into spirituality that we lack as adults. Christ himself pointed this out to his disciples in the book of Matthew when imploring them to approach the kingdom of God like little children. So please consider bringing your children and participating in prayer together, to learn from each other as you engage in the prayer room.

 

We look forward to praying alongside each of you next week.