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RCMA hosting prayer vigil

September 4, 2010
By SUE?FARRAR, President of the Randolph County Ministerial Association

The Randolph County Ministerial Association is hosting a 24-hour prayer from 5 p.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Sept. 11.

The schedule is as follows:

On Friday from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. we will meet at the small pavilion in Elkins City Park.

From 10 p.m. Friday until 7 a.m. Sept. 11, we will be at Grace Episcopal?Church on?Randolph Avenue.

From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 11, we will be back at the small pavilion at City Park.

The reason for the two locations is because City Park is closed from 10 p.m. until 7 a.m.

The purpose of this 24-hour prayer vigil is to pray for our nation, state, election, government and the church. We want to see God move in our country and especially in our region. We desperately need to see things turn around in so many areas.

We have asked several pastors and people from their congregation to take a one-hour slot during this 24-hour period and either come to the park or the Episcopal Church and pray.

I truly believe God will honor our prayers and our time of drawing together and seeking him for grace and mercy over these areas we are praying for.

When Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane, he spoke to the disciples and asked them, "Could you not tarry one hour?" (Matthew 26: 30 and 36).

Ephesians 4:1 says, walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.

I believe if we walk in unity we can build America once again; if we walk (and pray) together. To serve God and country is not a privilege, it is a right. (This is a quote from Derrick Argel, a captain in the Air Force who died in Iraq in 2005.)

Let's stand with and for America and die to ourselves so that God will be lifted up and our nation will be saved and turn back to God. America is at a crossroads and we have to make a choice.

Our pastor spoke last Sunday about awakening the "sleeping giant." That is the church! The church is the heart beat of America and prayer is one of the keys that opens the door to revival or the great awakening.

Yesterday is gone, tomorrow may never come, but we have today - that's what makes the difference.

God is looking for a voice! Is it you? Are you the one?

The following is a list of churches and times we have so far.


(At Elkins City Park)

5 p.m.: St. Brendan Catholic Church, contact person Cindy Hammer.

6 p.m.: Church of God of Prophecy, contact person Pastor Steven Pyles.

7 p.m.: Grace Episcopal Church, contact person the Rev. Fred Bird.

8 p.m.: Elkins Church of God, contact person Pastor Jamie Estep.

9 p.m.: Wayside United Methodist Church, contact person the Rev. Walter Ellison.


(At Grace Episcopal Church)

10 p.m.: Otterbein United Methodist Church, contact the Rev. Jim Murphy.

11 p.m.: Open

Midnight: Woodford United Methodist Church, contact person the Rev. Bill Calhoun.

SEPT. 11

(At Grace Episcopal Church)

1 a.m.: Open.

2 a.m.: Open.

3 a.m.: Open.

4 a.m.: Open.

5 a.m.: First Christian Church, contact person the Rev. Kent Price.

6 a.m.: Open.

SEPT. 11

(At Elkins City Park)

7 a.m. First United Methodist Church, contact person the Rev. Barry Moll.

8 a.m.: Rivers of Living Water, contact person Pastor Mike Boggs.

9 a.m.: Rock Ministries of Elkins, contact people Pastor Bob and Sue Farrar.

10 a.m.: Summit Church, contact people Hal and Lisa Boehm.

11 a.m.: Mingo United Methodist Church, contact person the Rev. Ann Freswell.

Noon: Open.

1 p.m.: Open.

2 p.m.: Open.

3 p.m.: Open.

4 p.m.: Open

5 p.m.: Program complete.

If any of the pastors or churches that are not on the list would like to help us, please call me at 304-637-2331. We would love to fill every spot!

God bless all of you and we pray this will be the beginning of the greatest move of God we have ever seen in this region.



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