South LA church holds gulf oil prayer service

SOUTH LOS ANGELES

In /*South Los Angeles*/, the /*First African Methodist Episcopal Church*/ held a special prayer service Sunday.

The /*Rev. Jesse Jackson*/ and U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters are just some of the distinguished guests who participated.

"Protect the earth, now. Boycott /*BP*/, now," Jackson told the crowd the service. "Don't pay the bill for the spill."

They stood at the pulpit as the pastor led a prayer for the tens of thousands of people in the gulf who are losing their livelihoods.

"And Lord, we don't even know yet what the long-lasting impact will be. In Jesus' name, God, we ask that you encourage them and let them know they're not by themselves," prayed the Rev. Dr. John J. Hunter, First AME Church's senior pastor.

The congregation also prayed for the families of the 11 oil platform workers who died when BP's /*Deepwater Horizon*/ drilling /*rig*/ exploded last month.

They also asked that officials in charge of the cleanup receive the wisdom to end this environmental catastrophe.

CNS contributed to this report.

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