Churches Together in Orpington (CTiO) called for unity in prayers for peace on our streets and Christians from many denominations came together to pray for the victims, the grieving families and prevention of further such violence.
Father Victor and several parishioners from Holy Innocents' were among those present.
A very moving testimony came from one pastor in Penge who had been led by prayer and with no other information, other that he had lived in one of a block of flats, not even which block was known...to find the mother and family of a young boy killed by stabbing. He was thus able to support the family. The comfort and aid being offered by the police, social service and pastors has been and is appreciated by all the families. Inspector Gary Byfield of the Metropolitan Police spoke very powerfully of his experiences of the violence on our streets.
He showed his 'Armour of God'** , his police protection equipment
Martyn Travers, the Pastor at Orpington Baptist Church said afterwards..."How wonderful to come together with Christians across the Borough to pray in unity for peace on our streets in London & healing for our society."
A very powerful, blessed time of prayer. Please God there will be peace on our streets. Prayers will continue to this end.
St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 6: 13-17
Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
**God’s Full Armour Supplied through prayers
1. Belt of truth
2. Breastplate of Righteousness Christ took punishment for all our sins.
3. Shoes of readiness from the Gospel of Peace, keeping us firm carrying the
Gospel of Christ to others.
4. Shield of Faith protects us
5. Helmet of Salvation
6. Sword of the Word of God.