IDEAS . . .
PRAY FOR MEDIA ON OSCAR SUNDAY
This year one church planned a “Walk of Prayer” like the “Walk of Fame” in Hollywood–making stars with names of cultural influencers and information about what they do in media. The church family could choose a “star,” take it home, and pray for the person!
A church in Austin, Texas, caught the vision in 2012 and described how they used another creative idea:
We’re putting a fun twist on the idea. As our church family leaves the auditorium (Oscar Sunday), they’ll pick up a gold envelope that looks like the ones they open on stage at the Oscars. Each envelope will contain the name of a nominee and suggestions for how to pray over that person. Our church body is encouraged to break open their “And the winner is….” envelope and pray during the broadcast, whether they watch the event or not.
Academy Awards Sunday could turn into your church’s biggest day of prayer for media ever!
- Brainstorm with your pastor and church leadership on how your church can participate in praying for media on Academy Awards Sunday in 2014.
- Have a brief time of prayer for the leaders of media in your worship service, Sunday school, or adult education classes.
- Place informational inserts in the church bulletin.
- Order copies of the Media Leader Prayer Calendar as a bulletin insert, for distribution, or for pickup before and after the services.
- Order copies of Sixteen Redemptive Prayers for Hollywood and distribute them with copies of the Media Leader Prayer Calendar.
- Show a video clip that demonstrates the power of media to influence our culture. Clips from Hollywood On Fire, a full-length DVD available through Mastermedia, could be used for this purpose. Free—for use on Oscar Sunday—at email@example.com.
- Ask your pastor to speak on how prayer can bring about spiritual rebirth in the lives of media leaders, which will result in changed media product.
- Ask a prominent Christian media professional (or two) from your community to give personal testimony to the need for prayer and a spiritual awakening in media.
- Have all church attendees who work in, have retired from, or who are students preparing to enter media professions come forward in the service to receive a prayer of “commissioning” to take the light of Christ into their media worlds.
- Challenge church members to give free The Master Plan Bibles—custom-designed for media professionals—to non-Christians in media (available through Mastermedia International at firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Ask a local radio or television station to announce that there will be nationwide prayer for media on Oscar Sunday in 2014 as a public service announcement.
- Encourage local clergy groups to be involved in the prayer effort.
- Ask God for other ways to promote the prayer day in other churches and in local media.
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