Music, praise and prayer filled St Peter’s Cathedral as six hundred representatives from all Christian denominations gathered for the ‘Adelaide as 1’ service on September 14.
Coordinator Andrew Marshall says the event was organised as a time for prayer and reflection ahead of the South Australian Prayer Breakfast, held the next morning.
“There was a real sense that we wanted to see the Cathedral full of people as a lot of faith is built when people all come together,” Andrew says.
“This was a great opportunity to assemble as Christians in Adelaide and enjoy unified worship to coincide with the breakfast.”
The group heard peformances from musicians representing the Cathedral, St Matthew’s Kensington Church, The Edge Church, Paradise Assemblies Of God and the Free Pentecostal Church.
Pipers played ‘Amazing Grace’ before joint coordinator Mark Mudri called the congregation to worship with a blast on his shofar.
International cricketer and tenor singer Henry Olonga’s rendition of the Lord’s Prayer was a highlight; Henry also lead the final singing of ‘How great thou art’ and was the guest speaker at the Prayer Breakfast.
“The entire Cathedral community was extremely gracious to welcome us and provide us with the opportunity to hold the event,” Andrew says.
Dean of St Peter’s Cathedral, the Very Reverend Frank Nelson, says it is the first time he has seen such a wide range of denominations come together in the Cathedral.
“Our petty differences could be put aside and we all joined in worship of the One God as we prayed for Adelaide – her leaders, churches and communities,” The Rev’d Nelson says.
“Everyone was very pleased to be there.”
The Rev’d Nelson says the Cathedral’s city-wide ministry makes it an ideal host for future community events.
“We expect more of the same as people seek what is common rather than what divides.”