SOUTH SHORE, Ky. — Some local churches in South Shore are gathering together for a Community Prayer Service to be held at South Shore First United Methodist Church (SSFUMC) Sunday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Pastor of SSFUMC, Sean Shroll, said there are many issues that need to be upheld in prayer.
“Basically, we have just had several things to come up here in the community. One is a company that had come in and began to establish a bunch of drug recovery halfway houses that are 30-day stay places for people, and they’ve established one main hub that is out in the country, and then they have been buying little houses in the various neighborhoods, and nobody really knew what was going on,” Shroll said. “So, obviously that has caused a lot of concern, and there have been petitions going around, and those types of things. There are two sides to the issue, obviously we need help with the drug problem as well, and it’s everywhere.”
The recent strike at the Harbison Walker International plant site in South Shore known as the Brickyard, by members of the United Steel Workers Union (USW) Local 133, is another issue that warrants prayer, according to Shroll.
“Then there is the Brickyard that’s down here has just gone on strike, and that affects a lot of people and jobs,” Shroll said. “Of course people will have sides on that as well. And then also, nationally, the election is coming to a head, and all of the rhetoric that goes around about that. So it just seems like there is a lot of turmoil, and in the middle of that we as pastors of churches we need a way to respond that just helps bring God to the front and center, because ultimately, he’s the one we’re going to look to for guidance, wisdom, healing of hearts, for help for those who are in financial difficulty, and for all of those who are drug addicted. We wanted to have this Prayer Service because we believe that prayer works, and that God is still a God that does miracles, calms storms, and rescues people. So, we just wanted some time to get together and pray around these issues instead of spending time debating issues.”
Pastor Joe Carney, of South Portsmouth Church of God, said prayer changes things.
“I believe we are at a time in American history where the church especially needs to be in prayer. The history of our nation was built on biblical Christian principles,” Carney said. “I think it is the responsibility of the church to lead in terms of being a people of prayer. I think prayer changes things. Prayer changes our world, and we’re facing so many issues right here at home with the strike here at the Brickyard, the elections, with so many things that are happening in our world I think it is necessary for the church to come together to show the world a unified effort, that we’re dividing over denominational issues.
Carney said churches must move beyond denominational lines and trivial issues, and pray about things that matter most.
“As Christians, one of the thing that we get blamed for is being hypocrites, and device, and that is kind of true because we divide over things that don’t matter,” Carney said. “One of the things that’s right about efforts like this is that churches across denominational lines are coming together to pray for our country, to pray for our society and to come together in a spirit of unity to ask God to do what only he can do which is to bless our nation, to bless our community. So, I am thrilled to be a part of that, and I am thrilled for our church to be a part of that.”
The Community Prayer Service will be held at SSFUMC, 950 Main Street in South Shore, Ky. Sunday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. and is open to all.
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