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Miami Valley Life Chain 2013 Sample Pulpit Announcement

Today, I want to discuss with you a very worthwhile prolife event called LIFE CHAIN. As the issue of abortion intensifies across America, we as Christians have a responsibility to stand up for God’s precious gift of LIFE! We must do it, though, in a God -honoring way, one which shows God’s sovereignty over this highly divisive issue. LIFE CHAIN is the perfect way to accomplish this. LIFE CHAIN brings to mind such terms as: Safe, Peaceful, Prayerful, Effective, and Legal. From the beginning of LIFE CHAIN in 1987 to the present, LIFE CHAIN has proven to be a decisive strategy for prolifers. Instead of the faithful few attending traditional prolife events, this year, LIFE CHAINs will draw hundreds of thousands of Christians in over 1,500 cities across the country and Canada. One reason LIFE CHAIN is attractive is that it is simple! It is not a protest! Rather, it involves God’s people lining the sidewalks of our cities for a special time of prayer and bearing witness using 18” x 22” signs. These signs have powerful messages such as: “Abortion Kills Children”, “Abortion Hurts Women”, “Jesus Forgives and Heals”, “Adoption – the Loving Option”, “Lord, Forgive Us and Our Nation”, “Life, the First Inalienable Right”, and “Pray to End Abortion”. These statements send profound messages when combined with hundreds and thousands of Christians standing 10-15 feet or more apart, in essence, forming a chain through the city. LIFE CHAIN is about Christians assembling in a prayerful, peaceful, and legal witness showing their love and concern for all the victims of abortion: the babies, the mothers, the fathers, and our entire society. While the impact to the community comes from the incredibly massive display along the LIFE CHAIN route, the true power of LIFE CHAIN comes from the time of prayer by the participants. God has promised to heal our land when we, His people, humble ourselves and pray to Him! LIFE CHAIN will occur on Sunday, October 6, from 2 – 3:30pm. This year’s Miami Valley LIFE CHAIN route will again center on Dr. Haskell’s abortion clinic on East Stroop Road in Kettering. In these days when we are confronted with the terror of abortion, we need to reflect upon what Jesus commanded his disciples to do. In responding to their question of who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, Jesus said, “ Whoever receives one such child in my name receives Me.” And, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that in heaven their angels always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven .” (Mt 18:5,10) Many of us grieve the apathy we see all around us, not only in the secular world but in our churches as well. Rather than becoming depressed, let us take a lesson from the above words of Jesus and from the baby John who leaped with joy in Elizabeth’s womb in the presence of Christ. May our joyful example change hearts and bring others to know " the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (Jn 1:29). I encourage you to sign up. Our church contact is (xxxxxxxxxxx) and the sign up sheets are located (xxxxxxxxxx). I want you to join us at the annual Life Chain on Sunday, October 6th. I plan on being there – I hope to see all of you there as well!