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On Sunday 23rd January, six of our young people led prayers at Chichester Cathedral's United Service, rounding off the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The Service was proposed by Father Kieron, and included members of St Richard's, with Westhampnett Church, students from University of Chichester, St Paul's Church, Emmanuel church and Chichester Baptist church - who provided the music. There were several rehearsals before our group faced the large congregation, with no sign of nerves!
The Preparation was led by Jon Robinson of St Paul's Church.
One by one, our group led final prayers.
"I really enjoyed being a part of the Service last night. It was quite daunting standing up in front of a lot of people but I enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed the music and the tea in the vicars house!" - Ellie Finn
"Great atmosphere, brilliant music and loved being part of it, definitely one of the best church things I've been to" - Laura
"Really liked the music, it was really nice, and I loved reading the prayers, and it was really nice to go to." - Esme
"Real sense of unity, a really moving evening, I have never felt so part of something, everyone was so friendly and accepting. I could feel God's presence throughout and was filled with such a feeling of faith and love." - Ruby
"This world strives for Peace, Miss Universes constantly want it!! In visiting the Holy Land I saw with my own eyes the constant struggle for peace. But in reality no one knows how is make it happen.
Throughout the ages there have been a number of people who have been ambassadors of Christ's peace upon earth. One of them who I look up to for this Peace was Blessed Mother Teresa. When she received the Noble Peace Prize she was asked, "What can we do to promote world peace?" She answered "Go home and love your family."
So when we give that peace of Christ to each other, we not only we are wanted peace to reign in their own lives but in their own families too.
Ellie and Lilly read out this:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
Since as members of one body you are called to peace.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.