It is a pleasure to invite you to the 48th annual Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast. As always, this year’s breakfast will be on the opening day of the General Assembly Session, Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 7:00 a.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Each year the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, members of the General Assembly and judiciary, and Virginians from throughout the Commonwealth gather to reaffirm our trust in God, recognize His reconciling power and seek His guidance. Our hearts are strengthened, individually and collectively, as we pray to God together.
This year the Commonwealth Prayer Breakfast is even more significant, since it occurs just days before the new Governor is sworn in. Our meaningful tradition is for the outgoing Governor to offer a prayer for the Governor-Elect. We also will be inspired by Thomas Haynesworth and members of the Dennehy family, who are testaments to God's grace and redeeming love.
Thomas Haynesworth served 27 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. We will hear how his faith sustained him during that trying time and how it guides him today. The Dennehy family includes several adopted children with special needs from throughout the world. George Dennehy, born in Romania without arms, has inspired audiences throughout America as he sings and plays the guitar with his feet. He will perform three of his favorite faith songs for us.
These presentations will speak powerfully to the theme "Doing Justice." As explained by Pastor Tim Keller in the book, Generous Justice: "If you are trying to live a life in accordance with the Bible, the concept and call to justice are inescapable. We do justice when we give all human beings their due as creations of God. Doing justice includes not only the righting of wrongs, but generosity and social concern, especially toward the poor and vulnerable."
Individual tickets are $35. Also, please consider purchasing a Table Host package of 10 seats for only $350. Being a Table Host provides an opportunity to invite guests. In an effort to bring the leadership from throughout Virginia together, we encourage you to consider inviting elected officials, business leaders, pastors, students and others from your area. To order tickets by mail, complete and return the enclosed form along with your check in the envelope provided. You also may purchase tickets by credit card on-line at www.commonwealthprayerbreakfast.org. (There is a small processing fee for individual tickets; no processing fee is added for Table Host packages.) For additional information, please contact VACPB @aol.com.
We look forward to seeing you on January 8, as we pray for wisdom, guidance and strength for our public servant leaders during the coming year.