Thursday, July 26, 2012
Historic 70-day Prayer Relay ends in Westminster
By Dan Wooding
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
LONDON, UK (ANS) -- A 70-day Prayer Relay, which has tracked the route of the Olympic Torch Relay, will have its final stop at Westminster today (Thursday, July 26th), bringing it to the heart of British political life.
According to a news release from More than Gold (www.morethangold.org.uk), it has involved the exchange between communities of a prayer baton containing prayers and a specially written prayer of blessing. In each location church leaders have received prayers from the previous place and prayed for their communities, the nations and the Games.
The final day of the Prayer Relay takes it first to the Emmanuel Centre in Marsham Street, London, SW1P 3DW for a public event. This will involve representatives from local churches and agencies, the City of London, Christians in Government and those working or living in the area.
This will be followed by a short private prayer session next to the Palace of Westminster, hosted by Christian groups that serve in Parliament.
The Prayer Relay has been organized by More Than Gold, the agency helping churches make the most of the 2012 Games. Jane Holloway, chair of More Than Gold’s Prayer Team says: “The past 70 days have truly been historic as we have never seen such a season of praise and prayer that has united Christians across the whole of the British Isles.
Among church leaders who have been involved in the Prayer Relay are the Bishops of Truro, Durham, Newcastle and Whitby.
The final resting place for the prayer baton is Stratford, where it will be welcomed at a community prayer service at St John’s Church, Broadway, Stratford, London, E15 1NG, organized by 15 churches in the borough. Here the prayers of blessing from Westminster for East London, the nation and the world, will be said.
About More Than Gold
Since the 1996 Atlanta Games the Christian community’s involvement with the world’s major sporting events has been under the banner “More Than Gold”. This provides a flag for united faith-based outreach, hospitality and service, and also an interface between the event’s organising committee and the churches.
To get ready for the 2012 Games, More Than Gold was established as a charitable trust in 2008 under the chairmanship of Lord Brian Mawhinney. It has the support of all main denominations and over sixty Christian organisations and mission agencies.
The banner ‘More Than Gold’ has been used for the Commonwealth Games, Pan American Games, All-Africa Games, Indian Ocean Games and Summer and Winter Olympic Games and Paralympics.
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