We are living in dark and sinful times, the likes of which we have never seen since the birth of our nation. The Lord’s call to the Church to pray and repent of our sins and the sins of America has brought Christians together across America.
On Saturday, September 19th, Catholics and Evangelicals from Bucks County gathered on the grounds of Plumstead Christian School, Plumsteadville, PA to answer His call for this Solemn Gathering.
“…if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
“Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:19-20.
The following clergy and lay leaders shared messages from the Lord: Pastor Doug Dwyer, Addisville Reformed Church, Pastor Lou Prontnicki, Maple Glenn Fellowship Church, Pastor Bill Devlin, Infinity Bible Church, Bronx, NY, Lay Leader Michael Dougherty, St. Martin’s Catholic Church, and Dr. Rob Arner, Washington Crossing UMC.
We want to acknowledge Rev. Chuck Wilson, Pastor of New Hope Community Church, for his essential help in planning the Solemn Gathering.
Todd Bunce of New Hope Community Church lead the worship team in praise and prayerful hymns following each message shared by the speakers.
Joe Simon of New Hope Community Church closed the Solemn Gathering with a selection of the following scriptures and prayer:
“…be blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine as lights in the world as you hold forth the word of life.“ Philippians 2:15-16
“Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: “Whom shall I send? Who will go for Us?” And I said: “Here am I. Send me!” The Lord replied: “Go and tell this people, ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.“ Isaiah 6:8-9
Lord may we truly be humbled before you and acknowledge OUR PART in the devastation of our nation in past days, weeks, months, and years. As Your people truly humbled before you, we should be responding daily to the conviction of your Spirit and dedicate ourselves to your purpose. Convict us to dedicate ourselves to genuine prayer guided by and according to your Word, acknowledging when we truly hear your voice, hear you speaking to us, in the Word we study each day. Only by truly trusting in you can we obtain the courage and accomplish the true purpose of the mission you give us. In that way we are truly seeking your face
I pray that we are not “those who hear but do not understand”. Help us to understand the sanctifying power and purpose of your discipline, necessary for a harvest of righteousness. Convict us to shine as lights of Truth and Righteousness into the darkness of the wickedness that we see in our nation today, wickedness that WE HAVE ALLOWED by previously hiding your light under a basket of our cowardice or apathy or faithlessness. Lord we vow today to turn from these wicked ways.
Lord it is not enough to be individually accountable, convict us to be accountable and confrontational to one another in the most Holy faith.
And all God’s people said Amen!