Dear Fellow Virginian,
For more than a half-century, the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast has been held on the day when the General Assembly convenes and the Governor delivers the State of the Commonwealth address. There could be no more fitting start to such an important day than to acknowledge our dependence on our Creator.
It is a pleasure to invite you to the 52nd annual Breakfast, on Wednesday January 10, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. in the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Many of Virginia’s elected leaders will gather with citizens from across the Commonwealth to reaffirm our trust in God and to seek his reconciling guidance.
This year, our featured speaker is Eric Manning, Senior Pastor of Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC. “Mother Emanuel” was the site of a terrible massacre in 2015, yet its congregation has demonstrated remarkable forgiveness in the aftermath. Pastor Manning will deliver a message of hope and reconciliation that our Commonwealth and our nation need in these troubled times.
This quotation from the Church’s website expresses why Pastor Manning’s message will resonate with all: “[His] desire is to stay humble and please the Lord in everything that he does, for it is not his ministry, but it is the Lord’s ministry; it is not his life, it is the Lord’s life. His mission statement can be found in Colossians 1:25-29, for he knows that ‘the steps of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.’” May each of us pray that our steps would be ordered by the Lord.
Musical selections will feature Urban Doxology, an acclaimed group of talented artists in Richmond who are dedicated to racial reconciliation.
Individual tickets are $40. Please consider hosting a table of 10 for $400. As a table host, you are encouraged to invite elected officials, business leaders, pastors, students, and others from your community.
You may purchase tickets by credit card online. For additional information, please contact VACPB@aol.com
We look forward to seeing you on January 10, as we pray for wisdom, guidance, and strength for our public servant leaders during the coming year.
The Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast Committee