“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:5
The Livonia Community has been blessed with decades of annual corporate prayer at its prayer breakfast. There is great power in corporate worship and a community who embraces it in truth and humility will benefit from its fruits. However, the forced absence of congregating in this way should not be seen as a negative, but perhaps even a positive.
The forced isolation of worship and prayer should not weaken us in faith, but should strengthen us individually and as a community. Faith is an individual journey and our relationship to God is an intensely personal one. The prayers we pray ‘in our rooms with the door shut’ are those no one else ever witnesses or knows about. Yet its these prayers, our secret (isolated/virtual) prayers to God, that He promises to reward. Imagine the intensity of our corporate gatherings of worship if we all had personal and intensely private prayer lives God was rewarding. If we rely on corporate worship only, it is a far cry from the relationship God wants with us personally, and from what He intended the corporate experience to be.
Prayer has always been virtual. We pray to an unseen God with a communication channel being the Holy Spirit. For a second year the Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast will not be meeting in person. It can feel disappointing as this is the largest annual community gathering in the city and one of the longest running in the state. I choose to see this as a time of renewal and refocus. The event should not be about the speaker, the music, or the food. It is about a community coming together in prayer. Whether it is in a fine banquet facility, or in our room with the door closed and logged into Zoom, we will pray, and it will be rewarded.
Chairman, Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast
May 6, 2021
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The 2020 Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast was cancelled due to the Corona virus. On June 22, 2020 an online prayer event was streamed entitled, ‘The Heavens Declare.’ The video has received over 3,800 views and climbing. Please enjoy and share with others.
The 2019 Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast will be held on Thursday, May 23, at Burton Manor, with guest speaker Dr. Erwin Lutzer.
Erwin W. Lutzer is Pastor Emeritus of The Moody Church where he served as the Senior Pastor for 36 years. He earned a B.Th. from Winnipeg Bible College, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, a M.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University, and an honorary LL.D. from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law.
A clear expositor of the Bible, he is the featured speaker on three radio programs that are heard on more than 1,000 outlets in the United States and around the world:
- Running to Win—a daily Bible-teaching broadcast;
- Moody Church Hour—The Moody Church’s Sunday morning worship service;
- Songs in the Night—an evening program that’s been airing since 1943.
Dr. Lutzer is also an award-winning author of numerous books including: The Church In Babylon, Rescuing The Gospel, He Will Be The Preacher, The Cross In The Shadow Of The Crescent, One Minute After You Die, When A Nation Forgets God, and Christian Bookseller’s Gold Medallion Award winner, Hitler’s Cross.
His speaking engagements include Bible conferences and seminars, both domestically and internationally, including: Russia, the Republic of Belarus, Germany, Scotland, Guatemala, and Japan. He also leads tours to Israel and the cities of the Protestant Reformation in Europe.
Dr. Lutzer and Rebecca live in the Chicago area. They have three grown children and eight grandchildren.
“Rediscover Your Faith” will be the theme for the May 3rd, 2018 Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast. Presenting this topic through message and music will be Steve Wiggins.
Steve Wiggins is a five-time Grammy award nominee with his band, Big Tent Revival, and has penned ten #1 radio singles including “Two Sets Of Joneses,” “Choose Life,” and “W.W.J.D.”. Steve has served on the staffs of Willow Creek, South Barrington Il; Harvest Christian Fellowship, Riverside CA; and most recently, Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis Tn. He is the founder of Living Room Study and Groundworks Ministries, disicpleship ministries focusing on Biblical literacy. Having written a chapter-by-chapter devotonal of the entire Bible, Steve is also the content provider for The Bible Challenge www.bellevue.org/challenge, The Hope Challenge https://www.facebook.com/HopeForAmericaChallenge/ , the Pocket Testament League’s “21 Day Challenge” https://www.ptl.org/resources/21dc.php and SOF ministries’ Surrender Daily devotioanls, focusing on military Special Operations personel and their families. His article, Building A Culture Of Worship, was recently published in Mid America Baptist Theoligical Seminary’s “The Journal” http://www.mabts.edu/sites/all/themes/midamerica/uploads/Wiggins–Building-a-Culture-of-Worship.pdf Steve resides in Memphis Tn with his wife Misti and children.
Brad Hewitt, CEO of Thrivent Financial, will be speaking on the theme, “Living Generously.” Order your tickets today! Click Here for Ticket Information.
When: Thursday, May 5, 2016 7 a.m.-8:45 a.m. Doors open at 6:15 a.m.
Where: Laurel Manor Banquet and Conference Center
39000 Schoolcraft Road, Livonia
Brad Hewitt is a CEO with a unique perspective. Since 2010, Brad has served as president and CEO of Thrivent Financial, a not-for-profit Fortune 500 organization. In this role, he has made it his work to help Americans rediscover a healthy relationship with money. The idea that being wise with money, and generosity, go hand in hand lies at the heart of this relationship.
Brad is co-author of a new book, “Your New Money Mindset,” its a new way of thinking about the role money plays in our lives. Many of us live with ongoing, and often unexamined, tension related to money. Few of us have really escaped the credit-card trap or freed ourselves from worries about having enough for the future. The goal is to cultivate a surplus mindset that allows you to enjoy what you already have and be generous toward others.
Legendary Contemporary Christian recording artist, Russ Taff, will be the special music for the breakfast. Russ first gained recognition as lead vocalist for The Imperials (1977–81). One of his best-known performances is the song “Praise The Lord”. He has also been a member of the Gaither Vocal Band, and occasionally tours with Bill Gaither in the Gaither Homecoming concerts. As a solo artist and songwriter, Taff is known for the 1980s anthem “We Will Stand”.
Historically, the leadership of our country has turned to Almighty God in prayer for strength and guidance. In this same spiritual tradition, we join together each year at the Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast. Our attendance and participation in the meal and prayer demonstrates the dependence of our community and ourselves on God and our faith in the future under His guidance.
The Livonia Prayer Breakfast is a version of the National Prayer Breakfast held annually in Washington, D.C. Inaugurated in 1953 by some members of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, these events are now held in many states and cities throughout our nation.
The Livonia Prayer Breakfast was initiated in 1975 by an ecumenical group of citizens and continues as a voluntary spiritual communion. Its focus has been on bringing inspirational speakers to communicate positive, faith-filled principles that will inspire people to think globally and act locally.
The Mission of the Livonia Community Prayer Breakfast, Inc. is to communicate positive, faith-filled principles that inspire and empower people to reach their maximum spiritual and personal potential. It is a reaffirmation that people of goodwill, standing together, can transcend racial, geographic or cultural differences, and create unparalleled opportunities for community progress.
Dr. Nunes will be speaking on the theme, “Re-Imagining Yourself as a Peacemaker.” Order your tickets today! Click Here for Ticket Information.
When: Thursday, May 7 2015 7 a.m.-8:45 a.m. Doors open at 6:15 a.m.
Where: St. Mary’s Cultural Center
18100 Merriman Road, Livonia
Dr. Nunes is the Emil and Elfriede Jochum Chair at Valparaiso University, a professorship supporting the study of Christian values in public and professional life.
From 2007 to 2013, John was the President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief where he led staff in 17 countries working with communities that were working their way out of poverty. Prior to LWR, he taught at Concordia University Chicago and served in inner city settings in Detroit and Dallas, Texas.
Dr. Nunes received a Bachelor of Arts from Concordia College in Ann Arbor, MI; a Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada; and both a Master of Theology and a Doctor of Philosophy with an emphasis in postcolonial identity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. He has also received honorary doctorates from Concordia University, Ann Arbor, and Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. At Valparaiso, he is affiliated with Christ College –the honors college of the University; Campus Ministries; and the Departments of English, Theology, and International Studies.
Dr. Nunes is the author of “Voices from the City: Issues and Images of Urban Preaching” and, with his wife Monique Nunes, “Little Things Make Big Differences: A Story about Malaria.” With Mary Joy Philip and Charlie Collier, he edited and contributed to the recently released, “Churrasco: A Theological Feast in Honor of Vitor Westhelle.”
John considers himself a recovering Scrabble-holic and is a lover of poetry and music. His wife, Monique, is the Assistant Director of Multicultural Student Programs at Valparaison University and they together are the parents of six grown children and an expanding entourage of grandchildren.