Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The G-20 Summit, Pittsburgh

Click Here for a Brian Williams/MSNBC Story on Pittsburgh at the G20

Click Here for the Prayer Guide of the Christian Associates of Southwestern Pennsylvania

In the Deacon's Bidding Prayer at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Sunday, September 20:

In this season of war, environmental concern, and global economic distress, I bid your prayers for the leaders of the G-20 nations as they meet together here in Pittsburgh this week, that they may find ways to contribute to the well-being of all people. I bid your prayers for our city of Pittsburgh in the week ahead, and especially for our police, fire, and other public safety officials.

The Great Bell of St. Andrew's Church will ring at 12:00 Noon on Thursday, September 24.

The Pittsburgh G-20 Prayer Initiative

"Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." (Jeremiah 29:7)

The Pittsburgh G-20 Prayer Initiative is an ad hoc gathering of Christian leaders who have agreed to unite in solidarity in prayer for peace for the G-20 Summit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 24-25, 2009.

The G-20's presence in a city is regularly accompanied by violence and extreme efforts to disrupt the conference by fomenting violence within the community. While we recognize and appreciate the right for peaceful protests, we are committed to stand together as the Church in our churches, neighborhoods and communities as we pray for a peaceful and successful gathering of the global leaders.

In light of the current international, political, and economic struggles we believe it is essential for the Christian community to stand together in prayer for these very important and critical days in our city. Therefore we are asking all Christian believers to join together in praying for the peace and protection of our city, starting immediately. We are not scripting how to observe it; we simply ask that every daily observance include prayer for peace. Some are choosing to pray at noon each day and some are fasting, while others are having prayer vigils; we believe there is something everyone can do for peace.

It is our hope and prayer as Christian leaders that all churches in Pennsylvania and across our nation would take seriously the challenge to pray for peace and safety for President Barak Obama, and the other leaders of the G-20 as they gather here in our community. We want our community to be marked by peace and we respectfully ask that as the G-20 leaders gather they remember to address the needs of the poor, the oppressed and the needy in the world as we are instructed to do in Matthew 25.

We are asking churches to ring their bells on September 24 at twelve noon as a Christian witness and a proclamation that Jesus Christ is Lord of our city and that we are united as His Body in prayer.

For more information, please call (412) 281-1305.

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