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April 17, 2013

Interfaith prayer service Thursday night

Members of Newburyport’s churches and synagogue will hold a public interfaith prayer service tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Congregation Ahavas Achim on Washington Street.

The hour-long service will offer prayers, songs and a time for reflection to remember those who perished or were harmed at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

The event is being organized by the Greater Newburyport Clergy Association (GNCA).

“What makes the attacks at the Boston Marathon so awful is that they occurred during a shining moment of hope and optimism in New England,” said Rabbi Avi Poupko, a member of GNCA. “As local religious leaders, we felt the call to gather together to pray, to remember and perhaps most importantly, to not lose hope in the face of such unexplainable horror and great sadness that has enveloped Boston and its surrounding communities.”

The following churches and synagogue will be participating: First Religious Society, Hope Community Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal, Old South Church, Salvation Army, Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Central Congregational Church, Congregation Ahavas Achim, Belleville Congregational Church and First Church of Christ.

Additional parking is available at the lot at Cushing Park on Kent Street.

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