Written by Sherry
Monday, 21 May 2007 06:37
You knew that this coming Sunday is the Feast of Pentecost, right?
Well, an ecumenical movement will be celebrating Pentecost as the Global Day of Prayer. This is one of the offshoots of the global prayer movement that I described in my article on Independent Christianity.
The movement is multi-faceted:
For instance this is apparently a year of prayer for London (http://www.londonprayer.net/Group/Group.aspx?id=42498). Churches around the city each take a 24 hours period to pray for the city "Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done." The prayer started late last fall.
But this Sunday, you can take part in the Global Day of Prayer London (http://gdoplondon.com/). Notice that many of the "worship leaders" are black. This is an expression of the new British Christianity we've been hearing about - fueled by immigration from all over the world. It's multi-cultural, ecumenical, and charismatically flavored.
The organisers of the Global Day of Prayer London have expressed their hope that the event will encourage prayer participants to get involved in social action programmes seeking to combat some of the pressing issues facing Britain today.
That's not a surprise because the whole Global Day of Prayer movement began in Africa - with a vision received by a white South African Graham Power. As Christianity Today puts it: The Global Day of Prayer is an international prayer initiative that was started in 2001 by Power, a businessman, who felt God was calling him to bring South African churches together to pray. Over 45,000 Christians attended that event.
The vision was then expanded to the whole of the African continent in 2003 and in 2005 Christians from 156 nations took part in the first ever Global Day of Prayer. This grew last year as events took place in 199 nations. This year all nations are expected to take part.
In a letter sent around the globe, Power wrote: “Of the 21 nations which did not participate in 2006, good progress is being made in making contact. My request and plea is that you would pray for God to release 'believers' in those nations to join with you and I, and a likely 350 – 400 million Christians across the globe.”
Power will spend Pentecost climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with 100 other people, to pray for "repentance, revival and restoration for the whole world."
Closer to home, Global Day of Prayer, St. Louis (http://www.praystl.org/) will be meeting in the new Busch stadium on Pentecost evening. As they put it "Everyone who accepts the essential beliefs of Christianity as summarized in The Apostle's Creed and/or The Nicene Creed is encouraged to come."
Among the published co-sponsors in St. Louis are the priest in charge of eccumenical affairs for the Archdiocese, the leaders of the Catholic charismatic renewal, and the Rector of Rector Kenrick/Glennon Seminary.
Here's the website for the US (http://www.gdopusa.com/) and the global website (http://www.globaldayofprayer.com/) in Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish as well.
Sherry's note: The organizers have an alert up regarding the last few countries in the world who haven't signed up to participate: There are 20, including North Korea, the Virgin Islands, and the Vatican.