A handful of Detroit churches issued a new strategy for the hurting
auto industry this past Sunday, calling it "God's Bailout Plan." At
Greater Grace Temple, the city's largest church, Bishop Charles H.
Ellis III prayed for and anointed hundreds of assembly line workers,
executives and car salesman in a service dedicated to auto industry
workers whose jobs are on the line. The Pentecostal pastor even had a
trio of Chevrolet, Ford and Chrysler sport utility vehicles onstage
with him during his sermon, which was called "A Hybrid Hope" and
bookended by such songs as "I'm Looking for a Miracle" and "We're Gonna
"We have never seen as midnight an hour as we
face this coming week," said Ellis, alluding to Congress' imminent
decision on whether to offer Detroit's major carmakers enough financial
assistance to stay afloat. "I don't know what's going to happen, but we
need prayer. When it's all said and done, we're all in this thing
The city's Roman Catholic churches got in on
the act, distributing a four-page letter from Cardinal Adam Maida
offering advice on how to celebrate the Christmas season while facing
the tough economic conditions. "Things in Michigan will probably never
be the same," wrote Maida. "[But] at this darkest time of the year, we
proclaim that Christ is our light and Christ is our hope."
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