As we face a winter of increased problems with covid-19, the churches in Southampton are responding to the calling of the Holy Spirit to organise a day of prayer on Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2020.
Our actions are prompted by friends at Lord’s Hill church, who were remembering the miracle of Dunkirk, which was the result of a national day of prayer. Here is a video about this:
Since the start of this pandemic there have been calls for a national day of prayer. The government does not feel that this is a government matter and has not done this. So we are getting on and doing it.
Can you shape your Remembrance Sunday plans so that we in this City all commit together to a full day of prayer on Sunday 8th November?
Let this be a day for us all to humble ourselves before our great God, to pray for people in our nation to turn to God, and for God to turn back the virus.
The three strands of the prayers are inspired by 2 Chronicles 7.13-14, where the LORD says to Solomon: ‘When I… send a plague among my people, if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.‘
Will you all use your influence to inspire as many as possible to do this alongside us too? This would be such a wonderful – such an appropriate – way to mark the 80th anniversary of the miracle of Dunkirk before the Lord.
Suggestions and resources for the day
An example from Lord’s Hill Church: We plan to encourage our people to pray privately in their own homes, between 8am and 8pm and will also hold five separate times of prayer in the building:
- 8am: prayers of humbling ourselves before God and saying sorry for what we have done to contribute to His hurting world, followed by 30 minutes of silent prayer.
- 10.30am: Holy Communion – our main service at its usual time, in which we will cover briefly the three themes of humbling ourselves before God, prayers for revival and prayers against the Virus.
- 2.30pm: prayers for revival, followed by 30 mins of silence.
- 4.30pm: prayers specifically against the Virus.
- 7pm: an hour of music and meditation – our usual act of ‘Time for God’.
Materials for each of these times of prayer will be available on this page by Friday 30 October.
The three banners on this page are available for you to download and use freely here: