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Recalling The House Of Burgesses: A Call To Prayer In Colonial Williamsburg

Mark your calendar for June 1 as we again gather in Colonial Williamsburg with concerned citizens from Hampton Roads and across the commonwealth to call out to God to restore our nation to its Judeo-Christian principles and heal our land. (See picture from last year's event.) On June 1, 1774, the Virginia House of Burgesses called a Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer (see proclamation at CW's web site) as American colonists called out to the Lord to intervene when the British closed the harbor at Boston. Today, our foes are much different, but they are just as real. Whether the attack is on life, on marriage or on religious liberty, we know that there are real threats to our freedom, liberty and prosperity.

The Family Foundation will commemorate that important prayer event on Wednesday, June 1, in the historic colonial capital, with the ad hoc group Virginians for Liberty, to ask the Lord to have mercy on us and heal our land. See the video below to see historian and WallBuilders founder David Barton briefly recount the historic event and explain how to participate in this very important event. After watching it, please share it or this blog post's link with your friends, family members and especially your pastor. We have a similar video available that is designed to be shown in churches during worship services and will make that available to any church that would like to show it to their congregation. If your church does not have the ability to download and show the video, we can also make a DVD copy available for viewing.

We will assemble at the Colonial Capitol on Duke of Gloucester Street promptly at 8:00 a.m. and walk to Bruton Parish Church where prayers will be offered along with some 18th century hymns. This will cover several blocks, so wear comfortable shoes. The event will end at 9:00. Bring a U.S., Virginia or Christian flag and wave it as a symbol of your devotion to this cause.

Parking can be confusing around Colonial Williamsburg. There is a parking lot near Bassett Hall, 522 Francis Street East, which is very convenient to the Capitol. For more information or questions, please call Roger Pogge in our office at 804-343-0010 or e-mail him at roger@familyfoundation.org. We look forward to seeing you there.

A Call to Prayer

Colonial Williamsburg

Wednesday, June 1, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m

Day Of Prayer In Williamsburg

On June 1, The Family Foundation joined in prayer with the ad hoc Virginians for Liberty and more than 100 concerned fellow citizens in Colonial Williamsburg for a latter-day Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer. The original such Day took place in 1774 and was called by the House of Burgesses when the British closed Boston Harbor and the crisis that action precipitated. This year's event, which we hope will be an annual occurrence, was for prayer to heal our land and restore the moral foundations that made America great.

Williamsburg-area resident Tom Morr organized the event, which included assembling at the Colonial Capitol on Duke of Gloucester Street and a walk to Bruton Parish Church where the participants prayed for the respect for life, marriage and the family, the protection of religious freedoms, a return of our government to its constitutional boundaries, and for God’s sovereignty in all things — and even sang some 18th century hymns. Delegate Brenda Pogge (R-96, Yorktown), Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb and several local area pastors led prayers, and Family Foundation Chaplain Bishop E. W. Jackson, Sr., provided a stirring closing prayer.  

Bishop Jackson encouraged those present to join with the Family Foundation to work to ensure our liberties are protected, and encouraged Virginians to, "pray like it all depends on God and then work like it all depends on us." While the obstacles we face in state government can be great, we know that our God is greater than all.

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 The original Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer. Sort of. A scene from Colonial Williamsburg's Story of a PatriotTo read the 1774 proclamation, click here.

Can America Be Saved?

This weekend, if you are like me, you’ll spend time with friends and family, enjoying the holiday. I hope you will also take time to remember why we celebrate Memorial Day — a day of tribute to those who sacrificed their lives on the field of battle for our freedoms. While we remember those Americans, we must also remember what it is they died for: A nation built on the idea that freedom comes from a Creator — God — not government, and when America fails to recognize God, it will be in peril. We have reached that day.

That is why I invite you to join us Tuesday, June 1, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. in Williamsburg, as we pray to Almighty God to restore our nation to its Christian principles and to heal our land. On June 1, 1774, the Virginia House of Burgesses called a Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer as the American colonists called out to the Lord to intervene when the British closed the harbor at Boston on that same day. We face a similar crisis now as forces across our nation attempt to close down the religious freedoms that we have been blessed with for more than 200 years.

What: A Call to Prayer

Where: Colonial Williamsburg

When: Tuesday, June 1, 8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

The Family Foundation is joining with an ad hoc group in Williamsburg called Virginians for Liberty to re-enact that important prayer event 236 years later to the day, crying out to God as a genuine expression of love for our country and longing for a return to the values, beliefs and principles on which it was founded.

We will assemble at the Colonial Capitol on Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg promptly at 8:00 a.m. and walk to Bruton Parish Church where prayers will be offered along with some 18th century hymns. This will cover several blocks, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. We will finish promptly at 9:00 a.m. Bring a U.S. or Virginia flag and wave it as a symbol of your devotion to this cause.

Parking can be confusing around Colonial Williamsburg. There is a parking lot near Bassett Hall, on 522 Francis Street East, which is very convenient to the Old Capitol. For more information or questions please call Roger Pogge in our office at 804-343-0010. I look forward to seeing you there!

A Call To Prayer In Colonial Williamsburg

From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2

On June 1, 1774, the Virginia House of Burgesses called for a "Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer," as the American colonists called out to the Lord to intervene when the British closed the harbor at Boston on that same day. We face a similar crisis today as forces across our nation attempt to close down the religious freedoms that we have been blessed with for more 200 years.

The Family Foundation (see Religious Liberty position paper) is joining with an ad hoc group called Virginians for Liberty to re-enact that important prayer event in Colonial Williamsburg 236 years to the day — crying out to God as a genuine expression of love for our country and longing for a return to the values, beliefs and principles on which it was founded.

Come join us on Tuesday, June 1, for A Call To Prayer, from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. as we pray to Almighty God to restore our nation to its Christian principles and to heal our land. We will assemble at the Colonial Capitol on Duke of Gloucester Street at 8:00 and walk to Bruton Parish Church where prayers will be offered along with some 18th century hymns. This will cover several blocks, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. We will finish promptly at 9:00. Bring a U.S. or Virginia flag and wave it as a symbol of your devotion to this cause.

For more information or questions, please call Roger Pogge at 804-343-0010 or e-mail him at roger@familyfoundation.org. We look forward to seeing you there.

More On The Tea Parties

As you well know, in 1773, colonists gathered to dump imported tea into the Boston Harbor to protest the British government's oppressive tax system that allowed for no direct representation. At the Boston Tea Party, determined colonists stood against the expanding British authority and said no more! Expanding government authority . . . sound familiar? Are you tired of bailouts, stimulus packages, endless national debt and increasing subsidization? Do you practice financial responsibility and watch those who do not get rewarded by the government? Along with many other Americans, are you frustrated by our government reaching its hand out to take far more than it needs?

If so, join thousands of Americans on Tax Day, April 15, at your local Tax Day Tea Party to express your frustration over our out of control government and its redistributive economic policies. Whether you are Democrat or Republican, Libertarian, conservative or liberal, all are welcome in this stand against unrestrained government. This true grassroots movement is spreading with Tea Parties planned across the nation.

While those who gather will not be throwing crates of tea into a harbor, many of the Tea Parties will feature speakers, patriotic activities, music and welcomed audience participation. Below is a list of confirmed Virginia Tax Day Tea Parties. Visit the national Web HQ, TaxDayTeaParty, (click here) for more information, to RSVP, or to volunteer.

Virginia Tax Day Tea Parties: (Click here for a Virginia specific Web site. All parties scheduled for April 15 unless otherwise noted.)

Abingdon Time:  5:00 p.m. Location: TBD Information: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=75478635585

Charlottesville Time: 3-6:00 p.m. Location: Downtown Mall by the Pavilion Information: http://vateaparty.wordpress.com

Franklin County Time: Noon Location: In front of the Franklin County Courthouse (40 E. Court Street in Rocky Mount) Information: http://franklincountyteaparty.blogspot.com

Lynchburg Time: 6:00 p.m. Location: Downtown Lynchburg — Waterfront Information: www.lynchburgtaxdayteaparty.blogspot.com

Northern Virginia Shenandoah Valley Time: Noon Location: Front of Old Frederick County Courthouse Old Town Walking Mall, Winchester

Peninsula/Newport News Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Location: Oyster Point City Center Fountain Plaza in Newport News Information: http://newportnewsteaparty.wordress.com

Reston Time: 6-8:00 p.m. Location: Lake Anne Village Center (1609 Washington Plaza)

Richmond Time: 6-7:30 p.m. Location: Kanawha Plaza, South 8th St. (near Federal Reserve Building) Information: www.richmondteaparty.com/ Video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ndr_vK0akAM

Roanoke Time: 5-7:00 p.m. Location: Wiley Drive (near footbridge to old Victory Stadium)

Virginia Beach/Hampton Roads Time: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Location: Virginia Beach Town Center Fountain Plaza Information: http://taxdayteaparty.wordpress.com/, http://budurl.com/hrteaparty   College of William and Mary/Williamsburg (April 11) Time: April 11, 1-2:15 p.m. Location: Crim Dell Amphitheater at the College of William and Mary