Advent Day of Prayer & Fasting

Dear Upper Midwest Family,

This Advent season, I am more aware than ever of the tension we live in between the darkness of our world and the hope of Christ’s return. While the enemy delights in forces of war and chaos around the globe, the birth of Christ reminds us that the greatest powers are not of human engineering. And rather than wait helplessly until his return, God’s people are called to an active and expectant waiting through prayer and fasting. We can turn our eyes upward in hope and expectation for Immanuel to break into our midst.

I would like to call you to an Advent Diocesan Day of fasting and prayer this Wednesday, December 13. Would you join Katherine and me in interceding for the following?

  • Pray for one another, for the Lord to pour out his Spirit upon all of our people during Advent.
  • Pray for our Diocesan Assembly and Synod meetings this Saturday, December 16, for safe travels, healthy dialogue, and unified vision.
  • Pray for an evangelistic anointing on all of our Christmas Eve services, that those who are hurting and lost may seek and find the Lord.
  • During these last days of Hanukkah, pray for Israel and the Jewish people throughout the world, for the Palestinians in Gaza, those displaced by terror, in our communities and throughout the world.

May the glory of the Lord be revealed as we fast and pray together during this Advent season.

With Much Love,






Bishop Stewart Ruch III