Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Churches offer prayers Thursday for the Gulf Coast Read more:

From Charlotte-

An Episcopal church in Charlotte is holding a service Thursday night to pray for the oil-spattered Gulf Coast. And it has asked churches around the country to do the same.

"I've been sort of amazed: For all the energy spent on this, nobody's praying about it," said the Rev. Paul Winton, rector of St. John's Episcopal. "And nothing else has worked."

Winton's church at 1623 Carmel Road will hold an hour of prayer "for the stewardship of God's earth" - with a special emphasis on the Gulf Coast - at 7 p.m. Thursday.

He and his staff have also e-mailed churches all over the city and country, asking them to set aside the same hour Thursday to pray for an end to the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history.

The BP deep-sea oil rig exploded April 20.

VIGILance 2010 is what Winton and his church are calling their effort.

"We've heard from several hundred churches around the country," said Winton, 55, who became the spiritual leader of the 1,000 families at St. John's Episcopal about five months ago.

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