• 46°

Two area churches will host prayer services for Charleston shooting victims

Two area churches will host prayer services tonight in response to last week’s mass shooting at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C.

On June 17, a gunman walked into historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, where he sat in a Bible study for an hour and then opened fire, killing nine people.

Among those killed in the shooting was pastor and state senator Clementa Pinckney, who’d invited accused gunman Dylann Roof, 21, to sit next to him during the Bible study. Five people survived, including a woman who authorities said pretended to be dead.

Cornerstone Church and Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church will both hold prayer services tonight.

The Rev. Bill Godair, pastor of Cornerstone Church, will host the service where area pastors and leaders will be in attendance and participate.

The service, entitled United We Stand, is a call to pray for the community and America. The service is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the church, 315 Webb Road, exit 70 off Interstate 85.

The service will include participation from the following ministers and leaders:

• Bill Godair, lead pastor of Cornerstone Church

• Bradley Taylor, senior pastor of Outreach Christian Ministries International

• Karen Alexander, Salisbury City Council

• Bishop Harvey Rice Sr., head pastor of Mount Calvary Holy Church

• Josh Vernon, lead pastor of Ecclesia Church

For more information about the Cornerstone prayer service contact the church at 704-855-1218.

The Rev. Curtis Gatewood, vice president of the NAACP in North Carolina, will be the featured speaker at a Prayer Vigil for Healing in Charleston to be held 6 p.m. at Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 719 S. Caldwell St.

The service is being hosted by Gethsemane, the local branch of the NAACP and other community organizations and leaders.
The Rev. Dr. C.L. Phelps, pastor, said the service will encourage remembrance and prayer. “This is something all of our communities should be involved in,” Phelps said.
He said there were underlying issues behind the church massacre, not just in Charleston but everywhere, and he’d rather be on the front line to prevent trouble than deal with it after the fact.
“We as a nation have been called to prayer,” said a press release from the church. “It is our responsibility to speak truth to power.”
The release quoted the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
The community has been summoned to pray like never before, the press release said. “The devastation upon Emanuel AME Church in Charleston is devastation to the church everywhere. We are being called to pray for our community, our world, and our nation as we combat the violence in our world.”
For more information about the Gethsemane prayer service call 704-633-5057.

 

Comments

Crime

Blotter: Feb. 26

Crime

Salisbury, Kannapolis men charged with soliciting sexual acts

News

Racial bias ‘deeply entrenched’ in report critical of Apex Police Department

Nation/World

US bombs facilities in Syria used by Iran-backed militia

Elections

City council again dismisses idea of adding new member, focus now on recommendation to delay elections

Business

‘Let’s make some money:’ Loosened restrictions praised by bar owners, baseball team

High School

Salisbury High bucks historical trend in dominant shutout of West Rowan

Enochville

Garage declared total loss after Enochville fire

Crime

Cooper, N.C. prison officials agree to release 3,500 inmates

Coronavirus

Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Rowan, six for the week

Crime

Blotter: Man brandishes AR-15, runs over motorcycle at Rockwell-area gas station

Crime

Salisbury man charged with exploitation of minor

Crime

Road rage incident results in assault charges

Local

Dukeville lead testing results trickle in, more participation needed

Education

Faith Academy interviewing staff, preparing site for fall opening

News

Volunteers work around obstacles, alter procedures to offer free tax services to those in need

Education

Education shoutouts

Local

Retired Marine gets recognition for toy collection efforts

Local

March issue of Salisbury the Magazine is now available

Education

Five get Dunbar School Heritage Scholarships

Education

Education briefs: Salisbury Academy fourth-graders think big as inventors

Education

Bakari Sellers keynote speaker at Livingstone College Founder’s Day program

Nation/World

Biden aims to distribute masks to millions in ‘equity’ push

Nation/World

Chief: Capitol Police were warned of violence before riot