Archbishop of Canterbury: Saints in the Stadium helps community building across the nation (From St Helens Star)
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Archbishop of Canterbury: Saints in the Stadium helps community building across the nation
12:00pm Saturday 12th October 2013 in News
SAINTS in the stadium – which today drew thousands of Christians to Langtree Park – is a means of renewing prayer and community building around the nation, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said.
As part of the event, taking place in St Helens on Saturday, a special greeting to worshippers and leaders was delivered on behalf of the Most Revd Justin Welby.
The letter was firstly shared with 200 leaders as reception hosted by the National Day of Prayer and Worship in the Hall of Fame Lounge by the Rt Revd Geoff Pearson, Bishop of Lancaster in the Diocese of Blackburn.
It was later shared in the programme at noon to the whole gathering when he invited those assembled to pray the Lord's Prayer as an act of unity.
In his letter, the Archbishop reminded the gathering of the need to come together from across a range of Christian traditions and styles of worship.
He also speaks of the challenges which prayer brings, describing them as “demanding” , and stressed it was one of his priorities as Archbishop of Canterbury.
Most Revd Justin Welby said: “It is exciting to see Christians coming from across the wide spectrum of church traditions simply to rejoice and be in God's great presence.
“As I have said before: when we pray, God works. This is one of the great mysteries, yet the amazing realities, of faith.
“Yet prayer is challenging – it demands us to be patient, humble, persistent and courageous. So I am delighted at all initiatives that encourage us in the work of prayer, especially those that work to build up the unity of believers across the barriers we invent.
“In this spirit I commend Saints in the Stadium as a means of renewing prayer and community building around the nation.
“I want to encourage you to join in today in the fullest sense, that together we may drink more deeply of Jesus Christ and his love for the world. “I want to stress again that prayer is one of my priorities as Archbishop of Canterbury, so seeing Christians gathering to worship and pray together is something in which I rejoice.”
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