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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 10, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- September 15, 2012 is the 49th anniversary of the Ku Klux Klan bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church that killed four young girls on a Youth Sunday morning. That violence and hatred corked a well of justice dug by a praying Church in Birmingham. This Saturday, September 15, the praying Church of today's Birmingham will uncork that well of justice through humble, unified, corporate prayer and worship at Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham. We gather to honor and heal our past and to change our future.
Worship begins simultaneously at 10am in two locations - the 17th St. Plaza stage at Railroad Park and the Kelly Ingram Park band shell near the 16th Street Baptist Church. The Kelly Ingram Park location is for those choosing to march in a praise and worship Procession to Railroad Park. Go to rediggingthewells.org for parking instructions.
The Procession joins the worship at Railroad Park around Noon where we will hear a message of forgiveness from Bernardine Layton who, at 15, survived the bombing that took her friends lives. Now 64, Bernardine has never shared her message in front of news cameras until this week.
In 1964 Billy Graham chose to hold his first integrated crusade in the Deep South at Legion Field to offer the hope, forgiveness, and salvation found in Jesus Christ to a hurting city. Dr. Graham has written a prayer of blessing for Redigging the Wells that releases justice in Jesus name to a new generation. Some who will pray it were a part of that historic 1964 Birmingham crusade.
Worship and prayer leaders from across our city, state, and nation will help us ask God for mercy on our generation. The whole gathering concludes at 11pm with an 11th hour cry for Jesus to be our Leader in this time of spiritual crisis.
To download an event schedule, view an inspiring video interview with Bernardine Layton who survived the 1963 bomb, read the prayer for Birmingham sent by Billy Graham for Redigging The Wells, and much more visit www.rediggingthewells.org.
Redigging The Wells is a family affair. Bring coolers of food and drink, and blankets or lawn chairs for seating on the grass. Food concessions are available. The event is free and open to all. Join the e-list and stay connected to this prayer, worship, and justice movement by registering on-line and at the park.