Many churches in four designated regions in and around Portland and Vancouver are this month again hosting an annual week of concentrated prayer for the area. Thousands of participants are expected.
The weeklong emphasis — simply titled Seven, because it stretches over the seven days from Sept. 21 to 27 — is an outgrowth of Portland prayer efforts that began about six years ago. Organizers say their goal is a unity in prayer among God’s people that can then spark a local spiritual renewal.
The four regions are labeled Seven Portland, Seven West, Seven East and Seven Clark County. Participants will gather at 7 p.m. at a designated different church or home church group in their region each of the first six evenings,
then on the final day, Saturday, Sept. 27, all four regions will come together at 10 a.m. in a prayer service on the Portland waterfront at the Morrison Bridge.
Each local prayer service will be collaborative, led by key pastors and in a “concert of prayer” format.
In the Portland region, host churches include Portland First Baptist, Mars Hill, Life Change Christian Center, Door of Hope and Hinson Memorial Baptist.
In the West region, host churches are Portland First Baptist, River West in Lake Oswego, Sonrise in Hillsboro, Village Baptist in Beaverton and A Jesus Church in Tigard. In the East region, hosting are \four churches — Good Shepherd in Boring, New Hope Community in Happy Valley, East Hill Foursquare in Gresham and City Bible Church in Portland — as well as Multnomah University.
Clark County host churches confirmed as of press time are Crossroads Community, Living Hope and LifePoint, all in Vancouver. Host sites for two evenings were still to be announced.
For full schedule information and links to suggested readings related to the prayer emphasis, go to www.sevenpdx.org.