United House Of Prayer For All

United House of Prayer for All, also known as UHOPA, is a non-profit, non-denominational, Christian organization, that serves the community by providing daycare and after school care at no cost to families in need. The purpose is to give opportunity to children who come from a background where they would otherwise be home alone while their parents work.

The United House of Prayer For All People (or, as it is more commonly known, simply The House of Prayer) was established in Washington DC in 1923. This charismatic Catholic movement, based in the gospel and tradition of the Church, seeks to provide a center for prayer within a Christian community that demonstrates the love of Jesus Christ through prayer and hospitality for all people.

Before United House Of Prayer For All became the church and prayer center it is today, they were a small congregation in dire need of a makeover. United House Of Prayer For All turned to StockSnap.io to create professional quality photos of their worship experience, sanctuary and their people.

The United House Of Prayer For All is located in Washington DC. We have been established since 1996 , we are a Full Gospel Ministry, filled with spirit and as it is said in 1 Corinthians 14:12 which says(“When I come to you I will strengthen you and tell you besides what you ask me of God”).

United House Of Prayer For All

United House of Prayer for All People, Pentecostal Holiness church in the United States. It was founded by Bishop Charles Emmanuel Grace (1881/84?–1960), an immigrant from Cape Verde whose birth name was Marcelino Manuel da Graca. After leaving a job as a cook on a Southern railway, he began to preach. Da Graca was called “Daddy Grace” by his followers—he would later adopt the byname “Sweet Daddy Grace”—and proclaimed himself “bishop.” He established a house of worship in 1919 in West Wareham, Massachusetts, and later moved to Newark, New Jersey. He claimed to be an emissary of God with authority to grant or withhold salvation. The death of Grace led to temporary difficulties for the group over tax litigation and the succession to Grace’s leadership. The key to the success of this church was that the many offerings went directly to Daddy Grace to advance the sale of his healing-power products: soap, stationery, tea, coffee, cookies, toothpaste, facial creams, talcum powder, hair dressing, and Grace Magazine. The church is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and has a reported membership of 50,000.

United House Of Prayer For All

Jesus did not make up these words:  “My House shall be called a House of Prayer for all people.”  Those words were written about 500 years before He was born.   Jesus didn’t make up those words, but he thought about them….a lot. And he added a few words of his own.  And he did something dramatic to make those words come alive in the great temple in Jerusalem.

The temple, the church, the synagogue—all of them were intended, not for one group or for one religion, but for all people to come in and say their prayers.  That is a pretty tall order.  One of the reasons that I love this little chapel so much is that you have clergy from various religions here in the summertime.  You don’t have everyone, but you’ve made a start.  There is more religious diversity here in two months than most houses of prayer have in two years or two decades.

We may not agree on what should be done in Egypt or Syria, we may not agree on the Trayvon Martin verdict, but all people who pray to God by whatever Name are commanded to find their kinship in prayer.  We don’t have to have one religion but we have to have respect for the prayers of all religions….and we have to discover our kinship and holy hospitality.

The ones in charge of the Temple have taken the highest, most transcendent experience of prayer and exploited it; commercialized it until nothing is sacred.  You could imagine the reaction of the chief priests to these words.  Jesus is certainly not going to have a long career in Jerusalem.  He is sadly and certainly aware that holy people will exploit Houses of Prayer for political reasons, economic reasons, sexual reasons, and military, tribal, and national reasons. Not to mention personal reasons.

But the problem is not merely Jerusalem.  Religion and its prayer are exploited all over the world.  A few weeks ago, in the Marching Season in Ireland, the Protestants and the Catholics were still attacking each other on the streets of Belfast.  In Syria, the Alawites and the Shias are plotting to combine with the Shias of Lebanon to create one rich, lovely country on the water for themselves and leave dry, inland Syria to the Sunnis.  In Burma (Myanmar), the gentle Buddhists started the year by killing 70 Muslims and burning thousands of their homes.  In Nigeria, the Boka Haram Muslims are slaughtering Christian students and burning their schools.  

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