On Saturday 8th September, thousands of people from all over Ireland will gather at Nutts Corner to pray for the healing of our land. Last year this event attracted estimates of between 5-7,000 people from all over Ireland. This gathering is for all who believe that our island has a desperate need for healing, renewal and reconciliation. Not only is there a political vacuum in Northern Ireland, with 600 days without a functioning government at Stormont, but there is also a massive spiritual and emotional void in the people of this whole island. Our political impasse reflects quite graphically the personal crisis and despair of so many hearts. Over the years, so much has been tried to find a long-term solution to our problems, but answers have eluded us until now.
Some will say that the last thing we need in this country is more religion – ‘Did that not help to get us into this monumental mess in the first place?’ We sympathise with such an assertion, as no doubt, religion has had a huge part to play in our trouble. The 8th September is not about any sectarian religious expression that divides, but is about God’s Holy Spirit uniting ordinary people together in love and truth. It is a call to all who sense that there is more to Christianity than what we have experienced in much of our history. So, we invite all, from whatever background, who have a true hunger to see a new day in our churches and in our land to join us to pray. We need God to do something new and fresh among us!
At this day of prayer, we will be seeking to reaffirm the true message of Christianity, but we will also seek to pray for forgiveness for the church’s many sins and repent of how we, who have taken Christ’s name, have facilitated and contributed to the many stains upon our past.
It is time for those who believe our only answer is found in answer to prayer to unite together, petitioning God in Jesus’ name for real transformation on our island.
If you agree, please join us: 8th September 2018, 1:00pm-4:00pm, Nutts Corner Market Area. Thank you, we look forward to joining you there!