Interfaith Prayer Vigil Lifts Immigrant Neighbors and Needed Reforms Before God

Date Posted: 1/26/2011

Philippians 4:6 issues a simple call-to-action: Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.


In the spirit of that mandate, an interfaith prayer service and call-to-action for immigration reform will be held Thursday, January 27, 2011. United Methodists, Evangelical Lutherans, Episcopalians, Catholics, Jewish, Muslim and other people of faith will join together to pray for America’s immigrant population.


Bishop Janice Riggle Huie will join faith leaders who represent the Greater Houston Area’s denominational diversity and whose mission is to join in faith, prayer and action calling on national leaders to adopt humane and ethical laws consistent with the moral beliefs and democratic traditions of the United States, which is an immigrant nation.


“Scripture calls us to welcome the stranger in our midst and Jesus reminds us that what we do or fail to do to the least of God’s children, including the stranger in our midst, we do or fail to do to our own precious Lord and Savior,” said Rev. Diane McGehee, director of the Center for Missional Excellence.  “The Interfaith Prayer Service for Immigration Reform is an opportunity for us as a community of faith to pray for the immigrants in our midst and to seek both God’s wisdom and the boldness to speak for compassionate immigration reform that honors the dignity of all human beings as children of God and protects family unity.”


Among the issues the interfaith coalition previously has advocated for are upholding family unity, by not separating parents from children as a part of detention or deportation practices, and creating processes for undocumented immigrants to earn legal status and eventual citizenship


This year’s event will begin with registration at 9:30 a.m. The prayer service will start at 10 a.m., and be followed by a panel discussion, from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. The vigil will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 2353 Rice Blvd., Houston, Texas, 77005. Parking is available in the Rice University Lot (Greenbriar at Rice Blvd.).


The homilist for the day will be Bishop Michael Rinehart of the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.


All are welcome and invited to pray for the “strangers among us.” Additionally, all are called to remember the words of 1 John 4: 19-21: Anyone who says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, is a liar, since a man who does not love the brother that he can see cannot love God, whom he has never seen. So this is the commandment that he has given us, that anyone who loves God must also love his brother.

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See UMC Social Principles Relating to Immigration