The 15-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack is Sunday and a group of local the solemnity of the day is a perfect opportunity to call Christians to prayer for our country and community.
So, the community is invited to participate in "A Night of Prayer for Our Nation" on Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Statesboro High School auditorium.
"It's clear that Jesus called us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world," said one of the organizers, Pastor John Waters of Statesboro First Baptist Church. "Our nation and community needs the church's influence more today than ever before.
"In the last 15 years, our nation has seen violence and terror, racial disharmony, angry politics and divisiveness. The question that burdens our heart as pastors is, ‘Where has the voice of the church been? Where is the message of hope and reconciliation and justice?'
"Our goal is not to fix the world, rather, to share the message of the hope of Jesus Christ, who is our only source of peace. Churches must acknowledge that we have not led the way in racial reconciliation throughout the years."
Waters said the event is not designed to be a celebration type of service, but a call to the body of Christ in the community to come together as one in prayer for a troubled nation. Various community pastors will lead in prayer, singing and scripture reading.
Pastor Craig Tremble of Second Saint John Missionary Baptist Church said that it's always good for the community to come together to pray and fellowship, but on this particular date, it's especially important as a time to "pray for healing and direction for the country and community. To pray for law enforcement in our community; a time for healing.
"It's good for all people of all races, those that believe and trust in God, to come together and pray for his guidance."
Pittman Park United Methodist Church's senior pastor, Pastor Bill Bagwell, said he believes the event meets specific needs of the community.
"A lot of times, we make reference to praying about something, but this is a chance to actually come together to pray. There's something powerful about community coming together to pursue deliberate prayer for our nation."