As Franklin Graham leads a march for prayer and healing in the nation’s capitol later this month, a local church will be joining in those prayers a little closer to home.
The Pickwick Community Prayer March is set for Saturday, September 26 from 11 a.m. to noon, coinciding with the renowned evangelist’s Washington Prayer March 2020 being held at the same time on the National Mall in Washington, DC.
Hosted by Grace Chapel church in Pickwick at the open lot beside the former Fred’s building, Pastor Don Elliot said the gathering will be an opportunity for residents to join together in prayer for the nation.
“We really believe it’s a time when we need to pray for our country. This is a crucial time,” he said.
As in Washington, the local event will move through six separate locations designated on the lot representing the Washington landmarks and people will have the opportunity to pray for specific issues as they move from location to location.
Graham has announced a program with seven focuses as depicted on his website:
Lincoln Memorial – “Humbling ourselves, repentance and healing of our land”
World War II Memorial – “Military, police and law enforcement and their families – and peace in our nation”
Washington Monument – “Communities and families, an end to abortion, and salvation of the lost”
White House – “President and Vice President and other leaders across our nation”
National Museum of African American History and Culture – “National reconciliation”
National Archives – “Religious freedom, churches and pastors”
US Capitol – “Congress and other leaders at all levels across America, Supreme Court, judges”
Elliott said he wants the event to bring together Christians across all lines of denomination and belief to join in prayer for the country during challenging and changing times.
“We want this to be a community event,” he said.
The event will be held consistent with rules for social distancing, stations with hand sanitizer will be available and the wearing of masks will be encouraged.