Prayer in the square




Show-Upwp.pngSHOW UP - BOOK READING AND PRAYER in PARLIAMENT SQUARE

Thursday 19th March – 4pm to 7pm (prayer 6pm to 7pm)

Please join us in prayer or in person next Thursday. The campaign has been incredibly encouraging. Already we have three members standing for the first time in council elections having been inspired by the SHOW UP video! 

The SHOW UP campaign has had a significant impact in its first few weeks. Its provocative video has caught the imagination of many Christians and has already been shown in many churches. It continues with a call to SHOW UP in prayer for the nation and the coming election. The book of the campaign “Those Who Show Up” by Andy Flannagan explains more of the thinking and stories behind the call to more positive Christian engagement in politics. showup.png.jpg

In the spirit of his book, Andy Flannagan will show up in Parliament Square on Thursday 19th March (come hail or high water) and read it. He will start at 4pm, finishing at 6pm and then in keeping with the last section of the book, the 6pm to 7pm slot will be a corporate time of prayer for the nation and the 2015 General Election.

Please consider coming to support Andy for a half hour slot (or longer) at some point between 4pm and 7pm. 

If you can’t make it down, then please join with us in prayer at 6pm from wherever you are. This prayer may be helpful.

GOD OF ALL GOVERNMENT

God of all Government,
Send workers into the harvest field of political life.
Call your people. Not simply those who pay you lip service,
But those who hear your voice and know your name,

Those who will not serve two masters,
Those who will choose kingdom over tribe,
Those who are not ashamed of the gospel,
Those who will speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,

Those who will seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, and plead the case of the widow,
Those who will seek to reconcile more than separate,
Those who will seek to co-operate more than compete,
Those who will seek peace more than power.

Those who will choose your glory over self-promotion,
Those who will choose truth over expediency,

Those who will listen to the still, small voice more than the megaphone of the media,
Those who will care for the least of these, rather than genuflect to the greatest.

Those who find their identity and security in divine election more than election by man,

Those whose citizenship is in heaven, and whose primary allegiance is to another King,

Those who cannot help but speak of the reason for the hope that they have,
Those who know your grace for their failings. 

Call out an army that will march on its knees in humility
To fight not just with the weapons of this world
But the invisible ammunition of your Kingdom.
 
AMEN

 

 

 

 

 

 

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commented 2015-03-13 12:15:23 +0000 · Flag
The prayer expresses a distinctively Christian perspective and implicitly challenges those within and without the churches who believe, in a parallel echo of Alistair Campbell’s famous remark, that the churches don’t (or should not) do politics.