(HARRISBURG, PA – June 5, 2020) Local church leaders and pastors will host a statewide Prayer Gathering open to the public on the steps of the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg this Saturday, June 6th at 11 am.

“We need to come together as the church and act,” says Kurt Weaver, Director of the Church Ambassador Network, who is helping to organize the prayer gathering. “And the place to start is prayer.”

This Prayer Gathering seeks to unite believers in a call for justice, mercy and humility. It follows the standards set in Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Local Pastors are emphasizing the importance of a gathering like this, including Pastor Dr. David Kandole, who said, “Our beautiful country, our leaders, our families and friends and neighbors need our prayers, comfort and support especially the young generation. The Lord promised He will heal our land if we humble ourselves in prayer and repentance. Our nation is in deep, serious trouble and only God Almighty can help us out of this racial injustice and division. We need God’s intervention now”.

Pastor Dr. Joseph Green of St. Pauls Missionary Baptist Church in Harrisburg expressed, “In these trying times it is vitally important that the body of Christ come together and take the forefront in the healing process. We should be the example of what the creator intended for His creation. On the day of Pentecost, the Bible says that every people group came together on one accord. Today we are trying to promote a vision of humanity that we can all come together, to pray together and to love one another, for the healing of the nations. We believe that we are the people of God and this is the time to do what we are ordained to do.”, which expands upon the notion that the church needs to come together in prayer during times of turmoil.

Regarding the role of the church in this response, Pastor Mike Leonzo of Living Water Community Church in Harrisburg shared, “Our culture is divided racially, economically and physically, and you add to that the evils of racism, greed and pride, we find ourselves in a cultural crisis where the gospel of Jesus shines brightly. We can’t stand on the sidelines.” This echoes the words of another Scripture passage, Romans 12:21, which reads, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Pastor Ricardo White of Life Center in Harrisburg said, “We are totally expecting God’s presence as we pray and worship together Saturday. We often say prayer changes things but as we pray together our desire is that prayer will change people and people will change things through the lens of God’s heart.”

This Prayer Gathering is open to churches and believers across the state and will feature worship by Pastor White (Life Center) as well as prayers from Pastors Duane Coleman of Agape International Family Worship Center, Dr. Joseph Green, Mike Leonzo and others. 

Attendees are encouraged to practice social distancing and use the safety precautions that they can during this event.


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