[b]Message from Carter Conlon[/b]
Dear Fellow Pastors, Ministry Leaders and Friends,
Ten thousand people gathered at Prayer in the Square last year. We witnessed the incredible presence of God in our midst.
On September 7, 2008 from 3:004:00PM, we will be gathering again in Times Square for one hour of prayer. We will meet at the very place where hundreds of thousands of people gather every New Years Eve, looking skyward to a descending glass ball and hoping for a better day ahead. So often that momentary euphoria has left countless souls empty and disappointed.
The Lord has called us as His people to this same location, yet with eyes that look to the hope this world cannot produce, and with hearts that believe in the mercy of God. We have been sent to pray on behalf of our nation, to a Savior and a hope that never disappoints.
No ministers or ministries are showcased. We are simply there as the church of Jesus Christ, in humility and unity, saying Lord, our city, our country, needs you to come down and help us again."
Sincerely, In Christ,
Senior Pastor, Times Square Church
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From Salvation Army marches at the end of the 19th century, to the culmination of Reverend Billy Grahams historic crusade in 1957, to todays event Prayer in the Square Times Square continues to serve as a cathedral of the open air. On Sunday, September 9th, 2007, Christians from New York and across the country will come together to strengthen our citys spiritual community with an hour of song, prayer, and devotion.
Hosted by Times Square Church, Prayer in the Square provides an opportunity for all Christians regardless of their age, race, gender, or denomination to renew and deepen their commitment to our citys spiritual community. In all our diversity, New Yorkers share an appreciation for the power of faith. After all, our city was built by people who came here in order to worship God freely. Prayer in the Square commemorates this legacy and celebrates our citys rich tradition of cooperative spirituality.
The great preacher and evangelist Jonathan Edwards once said, Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life. Todays event gives New Yorkers an opportunity to give voice to their faith and to demonstrate their vision for our citys bright future. As not only two or three but thousands of Christians gather at the crossroads of our city, we recognize their steadfast commitment to making New York a better place.
Now therefore, I, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the City of New York, in recognition of this important event, do hereby proclaim Sunday, September 9th, 2007 in the City of New York:
Prayer in the Square Day
In witness whereof I have hereunto
Set my hand and caused the seal of
The City of New York to be affixed.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon