A group of Christian believers is organizing a series of two-hour sessions of worship and prayer for a total of seven days straight beginning October 15 and running through October 22, all to be held at the Ahavas Isaac Synagogue at 202 Cobden Street in Sarnia.
Nancy Menezes, who with her husband Allan also lead a weekly House of Prayer gathering, says the one-week initiative is their way of promoting “oneness” in the Body of Christ, a reference to the prayer of Jesus found scripture (John 17: 20-21)—”My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”
Those who meet every Thursday do so outside their normal church gatherings, said Nancy Menezes. “The Sarnia House of Prayer has no intention of every becoming a church itself. We have folks who belong to various congregations all over the area.”
Menezes and her husband meet in a home church that is based in Petrolia but both have been involved with other congregations.
When they were prompted to start the House of Prayer gathering, a connection with the synagogue lead to an opportunity to rent space on Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The October 15-22 weeklong gathering is an extension of that, she said.
The House of Prayer initiative is based on an initiative in Kansas City that continues to this day.
Anyone wishing to take part in next week’s gathering is invited to contact Nancy or Allan Menezes at (226) 776-4080 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.