After a summer of sport--including the Olympics and Paralympics--Great Britain's capital hosted a prayer event on a similarly grand scale at its most famous soccer stadium, Wembley, on Saturday.
Pictured: The National Day Of Prayer that was held at Wembley Stadium, London, England on Sept. 29. (JordanMary.com)
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Officially sanctioned by London Mayor Boris Johnson, the National Day of Prayer and Worship (NDOP) drew 32,000 people from various church and racial backgrounds. Organizers claimed tens of thousands more were able to join in via TV, radio and Web.
A fast-moving program featured stories from mission initiatives such as "Hope" and "More Than Gold," which focused on Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics respectively. More Than Gold Chief Jon Burns said churches had "stepped up and served their communities like never before."
There was prayer for forgiveness and revival. Musicians leading the crowd in song included--Sound of Wales, Noel Robinson, Matt Redman, Dave Bilbrough, Graham Kendrick, Lara Martin, Noel Richards and Godfrey Birtill. More than 1,000 Christian leaders gathered for a lunch reception.
The organizers hope Wembley 2012 will be a catalyst to help regional gatherings of prayer emerge. The day was the result of church collaboration across the capital, part of a global prayer network that started in South Africa at the turn of the Millennium.
"It was a wonderful day," Dave Bilbrough said of the Wembley event. "To see such a vast array of people uniting together from across our country--and along with others, to have the privilege of leading them in expressions of worship--was a humbling experience that will stay with me for a long time."
Among those attending was Steve Legg, editor of the men's magazine Sorted. "Devoting a whole day to prayer and singing doesn't normally fill me with great excitement," he admitted, "but I was blown away by this! There was something very powerful about uniting with 32,000 Christians."
SOURCE: CLIVE PRICE