Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Day 4: Election Prayer Focus Massachusetts

Massachusetts - The Bay State

Capital/Largest City - Boston

Massachusetts is the most populous of the six New England states.

It ranks third among U.S. states in overall population density and fourth in GDP per capita.

Massachusetts has been significant throughout American history. Plymouth was the second permanent English settlement in North America. Many of Massachusetts' towns were founded by colonists from England in the 1620s and 1630s. During the eighteenth century, Boston became known as the "Cradle of Liberty" for the ferment there which led to the American Revolution and the independence of the United States from Great Britain.

In 2004, Massachusetts became the first U.S. state to legally recognize same-sex marriage.

The state is a leader in higher education, health care, and high technology.


Governor Deval Patrick (D)

Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D)

Senator John F. Kerry (D)

Capuano, Michael E., Massachusetts, 8th
Delahunt, William, Massachusetts, 10th
Frank, Barney, Massachusetts, 4th
Lynch, Stephen F., Massachusetts, 9th
McGovern, James, Massachusetts, 3rd
Markey, Ed, Massachusetts, 7th
Neal, Richard E., Massachusetts, 2nd
Olver, John, Massachusetts, 1st
Tierney, John, Massachusetts, 6th
Tsongas, Niki, Massachusetts, 5th

Prayer Points

* Revival in the state of Massachusetts

* Strategies for the ministers in Massachusetts to reach the lost

* Legislation that is in agreement with the Word of God

* Wisdom for the leaders to do what is right and not just popular

* For Christians to get out and vote

* An accurate accounting of the vote

* Protection for the citizens of Massachusetts

* Safety and protection of the Massachusetts National Guard and military personnel


Massachusetts is the home of the Kennedy family, and routinely votes for the Democratic Party in federal elections: it is the most populous state to have an all-Democratic Congressional delegation (ten representatives and two senators); this also makes Massachusetts the largest state to have a solid delegation of either party. As of the 2006 election, the Republican party holds less than 13% of the seats in both legislative houses of the General Court: in the House, the balance is 141 Democratic to 19 Republican, and in the Senate, 35–5.

Massachusetts was founded and settled by staunch Puritans in the 17th century. The descendants of the Puritans belong to many different churches; in the direct line of inheritance are the Congregational/United Church of Christ and Unitarian Universalist churches. Both of these denominations are noted for their strong support of social justice, civil rights, and moral issues, including strong and early advocacy of abolition of slavery, women's rights, and (after 2000) legal recognition of same-sex marriage.

The religious affiliations of the people of Massachusetts, according to a 2001 survey, are shown in the table below:
Christian – 69%
Catholic – 44%
Protestant – 22%
Baptist – 4%
Congregational/United Church of Christ – 3%
Episcopal – 3%
Methodist – 2%
Pentecostal – 2%
Other Protestant or general Protestant – 8%
Other or General Christian – 3%
Jewish – 2%
Other Religions – 6%
Non-Religious – 16%
Refused to answer – 7%

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