Celebration of Life and Hope in Liverpool
Three days of prayer to seek the Holy Spirit
Christians in Merseyside came together for three days of prayer and events
during the Pentecost weekend and despite dire weather forecasts, the sun shone!
The Archdiocese of Liverpool has posted vibrant photos of the Two Cathedrals Service and the walk between the cathedrals.
They were joined by the Chemin Neuf Community, a Roman Catholic community with an ecumenical vocation -- four members now live in Lambeth Palace.
This Celebration of Life and Hope was a response to a call to prayer by Church Leaders in the Merseyside District. Churches Together in the Merseyside Region produced a resource to help Christians respond to this call and organised events throughout the Pentecost weekend.
On Friday 6 June
there was continuous prayer and evening prayer for Christian Unity in both Cathedrals, and a Eucharist and a charismatic prayer group led by Chemin Neuf in the Catholic cathedral.
On Saturday 7 June
Morning prayer was said for Christian unity in the Anglican Cathedral and later in the morning a 'Net for God' event was led by Chemin Neuf.
In the Catholic cathedral, there was continuous prayer in the morning followed by the Two Cathedrals Pentecost Theology conference: 'The Holy Spirit and the Unity of God's Church'. Speakers: Dr Nic Harding (Senior Pastor, Frontline Church); Revd Phil Jump (Baptist Regional Minister); Father Brendan Rice (Irenaeus Project, Archdiocese of Liverpool); Revd Dr Tim Watson (Chemin Neuf Community). Chaired by Prof Hilary Russell (Church of England).
In the evening at the Temple of Praise in Anfield, there was a Celebration in the Spirit, a celebratory evening of thanksgiving, free praise, prayer ministry, and seeking the Spirit together. Worship was led by singers and musicians from the Temple of Praise.
On Sunday 8 June
at 3.00 pm, Christians across Merseyside united in prayer for the annual Two Cathedrals Service, 'Together in One Place'
. They started at the Anglican Cathedral before processing along Hope Street to the Catholic cathedral. Stationed at fixed points along the procession route were a samba band, a brass band, a gospel choir, a steel band, a jazz band and a contemporary worship band.