Thousands of Christians Fill Trafalgar Square in London to Celebrate Pentecost

(Photo: All Saints, Fulham)

Trafalgar Square was filled with thousands of Christians from across denominations and traditions for a major Pentecost celebration at the heart of the capital today.  

Thy Kingdom Come, a 10-day prayer initiative launched by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, culminated in the free Trafalgar Square celebration today where at least 5,000 people were expected to turn out.

Grammy Award-winning Christian singer Matt Redman brought the square to life when he sang his hit song ‘10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)’.

The Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Sarah Mullally, led the square in praying for Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick and other representatives of the London emergency services. Ms Dick asked Christians to pray for an end to the violence afflicting the city.

Church leaders at the event included the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, Archbishop Angaelos, and the chair of the Redeemed Christian Church of God UK, Pastor Agu Irukwu.

Archbishop Welby told those present that in spite of differences, we could all be one in Christ.

“We’re all different, we look different, we have different cultures and backgrounds, and yet in Jesus, we’re bought to be one,” he said to applause.

What makes it possible for people with such differences to be in one church, to minister to so many different people outside the church, to show them the love of Jesus and to speak of Jesus? The Holy Spirit of God, nothing else.

“We can say what we like but we can’t do very much in the human heart, only the Spirit speaks from heart to heart.”

Turning his attention to Parliament a few hundred metres away, he said the nation’s politicians were “struggling” and “suffering” as they try to find agreement on Brexit.

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SOURCE: Christian Today