Prayer Vigil of Lament and Hope

Date Posted: 6/21/2016

Approximately 300 people attended a Prayer Vigil of Lament and Hope on the labyrinth outside of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Houston on the evening of June 15. In compassion for those injured or killed in the June 12 shooting in Orlando, the vigil was conducted by ministers representing Christ Church Cathedral, Christ the King Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church, South Main Baptist Church, and St. Paul’s.
The service included prayers for “those in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, and for all who love, and all who grieve,”  “our Muslim neighbors who also know too much fear and misunderstanding,” and for those who are called to lead to “have the wisdom and strength and be moved to action to pursue the common good for all.”
As they gathered, attendees were invited to write the name of someone to hold in prayer on the paper provided, place it on the cross, and light a candle. Following the service, they were invited to continue in prayer on the labyrinth or in the sanctuary or to attend the Prayer Vigil hosted by the City of Houston later that evening. The labyrinth is available for anyone to walk in prayer and meditation at any time.
At 5501 Main Street, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church is a cathedral for Houston that embodies its diversity, inspires faith, and leads change for the common good of all peoples and communities. The modified English Gothic sanctuary is on the corner of Main and Binz/Bissonnet, across from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and within one block of both Museum District MetroRail stops. Free parking is available in two lots across Fannin Street from the church. Website:

See Bulletin from Vigil