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Pray Chicago event at Daley Plaza: Time to stop the violence

Pray Chicago event to take place at Daley Plaza on Sept. 5, 2014.
Pray Chicago event to take place at Daley Plaza on Sept. 5, 2014.
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The city of Chicago needs prayer and on Friday, September 5 a gathering of community leaders will address the issues of violence in Chicago through prayer, music and a call to action.

The Pray Chicago event will take place at Daley Plaza during the lunch hour from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The event is gathering together various churches to spend time in worship and prayer. This growing city-wide prayer movement to seek God’s peace for the city is set to take place this Friday during the lunch hour and then groups will meet at local churches and neighborhoods around Chicago. Followers of Jesus from across the city will gather in unity at Daley Plaza.

Moody Global Ministry news announced this event which is hosted by Roy Patterson, station manager of 90.1 FM Moody Radio, and Dr. Paul Nyquist, president of Moody Bible Institute is among the invited speakers. Pastor Erwin Lutzer will lead the prayer at Daley Plaza and other participants include Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The idea for Pray Chicago came about while members of the Chicago Leaders Prayer Summit, a diverse gathering of more than 70 Christian ministry leaders, were discussing the violent Fourth of July weekend in the city. Organized by Heart for the City, a Chicago-based ministry founded by Dr. John Fuder, he said, "Our desire through Pray Chicago is that the body of Christ in Chicago will be mobilized to pray as a more unified force for our city, especially the marginalized neighborhoods. As a result we hope to see God develop hearts of compassion and greater levels of engagement in those communities."

The community is gathering; 77 neighborhoods are included; many church leaders are participating and all are praying for God’s peace for the city including Pastor Corey Brooks who has been an advocate for peace in the city for years. It was nearly 3 years ago when Pastor Brooks held vigil on the rooftop of an abandoned motel. An unselfish act with a cry to stop the violence, Brooks spent 94 days, in the dead of winter upon that rooftop.

Today, the City of Chicago faces an epidemic of violence, and at this critical time the body of Christ is coming together. Churches and community leaders are calling others to come out on September 5th and pray for Chicago. This summer in Chicago has seen plenty of violence.

Heart for the City declares, “This is our time to stand up and demonstrate the power of God in all 77 Chicago neighborhoods as we seek for an outpouring of the peace of Christ throughout the city.”

Join the community, come together in prayer, during the lunch hour and seek God’s peace for Chicago.

Later in the evening many will gather at campuses in different Chicago neighborhoods to pray. They will gather with churches, community groups and individuals on neighborhood streets from 6:30 till 7:30 p.m. to pray, worship and share the good news.

To join the community or find a participating neighborhood church, visit There are many community churches available in neighborhoods all around the city. Visit their Facebook page and tweet #PrayChicago.

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