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Prayer vigil for Syria planned for Westminster

A unique prayer meeting on the steps of Westminster Abbey tomorrow (11 May) will form the focus of a prayer vigil in support of the people of Syria ...

A unique prayer meeting on the steps of Westminster Abbey tomorrow (11 May) will form the focus of a prayer vigil in support of the people of Syria.

Earlier in the evening, as part of the annual Pentecost Festival Launch in Parliament Square, Open Doors will lead a time of public prayer for the people of Syria. This will be followed by a worship concert featuring Rend Collective and Graham Kendrick at Westminster Central Hall. The evening will conclude with a 15-minute prayer vigil outside Westminster Abbey at around 10.15pm.
 
In response to the war devastating the country, church leaders in Syria have called for a national day of prayer. In a letter from within the country, the organisers said that this event would be a unique day in the history of the country.
 
“On 11 May 2013, Christians from different denominations, including Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant/Evangelical, are joining together in prayer and fasting to plead before the Lord for His mercy on Syria and an end to the violence. Due to the dangers of travelling, groups will be meeting in homes, meeting arenas, and churches, and will be a mix of all denominations. Christians across Syria have asked that you join them in prayer.”
 
In Aleppo and the surrounding area, the whole Christian community is getting together to pray. One leader said, “This is a huge deal as it has never happened in Syria before.” More than 20 churches in Jaramanah – one of the suburbs of Damascus – are meeting to pray in their own churches and some will join in the arena. Organisers also know of believers in Kamishli, Hasakeh, Hama, Homs, Latakia, Swaida, Bloudan, Zabadani and Qatana who will be praying.
 
Open Doors is encouraging Christians from the UK and Ireland to stand alongside their Christian family in Syria. As well as the event in Westminster, Open Doors have issued a series of prayers from believers in Syria to help Christians in this country pray more intelligently. They are asking us to pray for ...

  • Peace and reconciliation among both Christian and Muslims denominations
  • Christian families and the impact on Christian life
  • Unity among the churches
  • The role of the Church to intervene for the spiritual and physical needs of the people
  • The future of the Christians in Syria and for them to remain rooted in their land

 Eddie Lyle, CEO of Open Doors UK and Ireland, said; "It’s clear from this report how much we, in the UK, value our local church family. Yet while we enjoy the basic freedom to be church, many of our Christian brothers and sisters around the world do not, and are paying with their lives for that same liberty. They need to know we value them, too. We can’t take the church for granted."
 
Specific timings for the Pentecost Prayer Vigil are as follows:
 
1 6-7pm prayer gathering in Parliament Square for our nation, government and the world [free event but organisers request that people register in advance]
2 7.30pm worship with Rend Collective, Graham Kendrick and others  at Westminster Central Hall (£7.95 each or £50.62 for a group of 10)
3 10.15pm approx, Open Doors 15-minute prayer vigil for Syria outside Westminster Abbey
 
More resources and ideas for people who would like to get involved in praying for Syria can be found at www.opendoorsuk.org/syria

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