Local churches to pray for Gulf

Posted June 17, 2010

— At least two Triangle churches will take part in a nationwide prayer vigil Thursday evening for the Gulf Coast that is reeling from an oil spill.

The government estimates that between 66 million and 120 million gallons of oil have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico since an April explosion at a deep-water rig killed 11 people and ruptured a pipe a mile underwater.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic church in Raleigh and St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Durham will hold hour-long prayer vigils starting at 7 p.m.

"In a service of prayer, meditation and gentle music, we will implore God, the Creator of the Universe, to intervene and stop the oil flowing into the ocean, onto the beaches and into the lives of innocent creatures and people," read a release from St. Luke's.

Representatives for St. Francis of Assisi said that participants will mourn the death and damage, engaged in prayer and conservation about the disaster's moral aspects, and consider actions to lessen dependency on petroleum.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 18, 2010

    What is the most important book for Christians?

    Who is the most important character in that book?

    What is that character’s most important speech?

    Holy Bible. Jesus. Sermon on the Mount. Right?

    So, if their most important guy, in their most important book is giving his most important speech...should so-called bible followers actually follow their own bible? If not now, why at other times?

    Matthew 6:5-6 (right before the Lord’s Prayer for crying out loud) – Jesus commands his followers to NOT pray in public "like be seen of men", but instead "go into your room, close the door and pray in secret".

    Of course, this makes it much harder for news outlets to report on. ;-)

    For the oblivious masses:

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 18, 2010

    So they think all-knowing Zeus doesn't already KNOW about this disaster? Who do they think allowed it to happen and to continue?...a group of mortal who he does not have any control over?

    Isn't asking Zeus to "change his mind and please make it stop" just second-guessing him? Is that a good thing to do to a god?

    Wouldn’t a god already know what you (and all of us) are thinking? If they truly believe their god knows all, this is just a publicity stunt. If not, he's not a god.

  • sketch Jun 17, 2010

    oh pleassssssssssse.."God, the Creator of the Universe"
    we all know it was made in china

  • mep Jun 17, 2010

    For those of you that do not believe in God keep this in mind.... prayer is talking, and that is all Obama has been doing about this situation since day one. Personally I believe a higher power than our President may help.

  • wildcat Jun 17, 2010

    We all should be praying because sooner or later this gulf issues will affect us all.