Rooted: 24/7 Prayer for Capitol Hill


In just a week, congregations from the Capitol Hill neighborhood along with friends and staff from Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission are assembling to pray for God’s Kingdom to come to bear in our city. A couple of months ago,pastors from “the Hill” reflected on the increasing transiency of the community in which they serve. Whether it is those affected by homelessness, the temporary residency of college students in the area, or the upswing in development that makes living in Seattle more expensive—all of the congregations in Central Seattle felt stirred to pray for true stability amidst so much change.

Reflecting on the prayers of Paul, Pastor James Kearny of Capitol Hill Presbyterian was led to Ephesians 3, where the Apostle prays that his congregation be “rooted and grounded in love” so that they may have strength to comprehend with their fellow Christians the immense love of God, (Eph 3:17-19). This passage resonated with Capitol Hill clergy as Paul’s prayer focuses on spiritual strength and health in the context of community, (“comprehend with all the saints”), hence the vision of having a collective of congregations unite for intercession.

The “Rooted and Grounded” Seattle Week of Prayer is coming soon, next week April 5th through the 12th, and will be 24 hours a day from Tuesday to Tuesday. The plan for the week is to utilize the prayer chapel at the Son Shine Inn, (headquarters of Serve Seattle, 1808 18th Ave. Seattle, 98122), where individuals can come for an hour of prayer and intercede, journal, and immerse themselves in the presence of their Father. Staff and interns at Serve Seattle, have done a wonderful job of preparing the space for believers throughout the city, by providing artistic prompts for prayer, journals, and security during the nighttime shifts.

Also during the week there are opportunities to serve the Capitol Hill neighborhood. On Friday, April 8th anyone can join Serve Seattle for various service projects on church campuses throughout the neighborhood; and on the following day the saints at Capitol Hill Presbyterian (1729 Harvard Ave, Seattle, WA 98122) will gather for prayer and evangelism in the area of Cal Anderson Park, from 12 to 3pm. For the service opportunity contact Melissa Engstrom of Serve Seattle at mengstrom@ugm.org, and for the Capitol Hill Presbyterian outreach email Pastor James Kearny at james@chpseattle.org.

To sign up for Rooted and Grounded prayer shifts, (participants are welcome to sign up for more than one), click here. Be sure to visit the Facebook page for more information.

The need for prayer in the heart of Seattle is great, and this prayer initiative provides an opportunity for God’s Family to come together and intercede for the city.

Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!

Thy wings shall my petition bear

To him whose truth and faithfulness

Engage the waiting soul to bless.

-Jason Davison

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