By Pastor Brent Martin, In the Light Ministries
This year’s 5th annual One City One Love event on Saturday, June 1, was a wonderful time of seeing the Body of Christ come together in unity and seek God for the transformation of our city! After having the event the past two years on Independence Mall in Center City, the Lord opened the door for the event to be held at the Dell Music Center in the Fairmont Park area. Originally, we were planning on having the event on Belmont Plateau, but a scheduling conflict with another concert nearby opened the door for One City One Love to take place at the Dell. The purpose of this event was to be a prayer and worship concert where the diverse Body of Christ across Philadelphia could come together in unity, pray over our city, and believe for the spiritual atmosphere to shift as we asked God to bring heaven to earth and see His kingdom established in every area of our city.
Overall, there were more than 1,200 people who came out and participated in this year’s One City One Love – with pastors, leaders, and congregants from more than 15 churches represented. The event took place between 11am and 3pm, with alternating time slots of worship, prayer and special music performances. Christ Community Church, In the Light, and Philadelphia Tabernacle of David had teams that led us in worship, while Provision of Grace World Mission Church blessed us with a special mime performance. And seasoned leaders in the Body of Christ such as Rev. Gus Roman, Rev. Alyn Waller, Bishop Eric Lambert, Pastors Jose and Debbie Carrera, Pastor Mark Novales, Pastor Brad Leach, Rabbi Ari Hauben, Pastor Glenn McDowell and others led us in prayer on various topics ranging from corporate repentance to the pouring out of the Holy Spirit to reconciliation to the Father’ heart for the generations working together to seeing the glory of God transform our city. In addition, there was a children’s area with moon bounces, face painting and fun activities for kids.
As we move forward, our desire is that One City One Love would not just be an annual event, but a prayer movement that would bring pastors, leaders and churches together as ONE so that we can see our city reflect God’s kingdom on earth. We truly believe that TOGETHER WE ARE BETTER!