Churches will host prayer gatherings

by Susan Pilon

Special to the Star News

The Elk River Ministerial Association is embarking on a new venture this year with an all-community prayer gathering at Elk River High School on the National Day of Prayer, Thursday May 3. The event will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Zabee Theater. 

There will be at least a dozen churches participating, and pastors from those churches will be leading prayers for the government, church, military and security, family, education, media and business. It will be a night to honor, bless and pray for leaders and the nation.  This year’s theme verse is Psalm 33:12, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”

“The Elk River community has been blessed to have churches that work together and support one another,” said the Rev. Dave Weigel, secretary of the Ministerial Association.

The evening will start with a time of worship led by a community worship group with musicians from several different churches. The program will include a color guard and flag presentation, patriotic songs, prayers and then a spoken blessing for leaders. “We can be so quick to criticize and speak negatively about those in authority over us, and we wanted to end each of our prayer times with a spoken blessing for them,” said the Rev. Dave Johnson of River of Life.

The keynote speaker for the evening will be the Rev. Greg Pagh from Christ Church in Otsego.  Pagh is serving as the chair for a state-wide prayer initiative called Bless Minnesota.  This grass-roots movement is bringing together churches, organizations and communities around one simple goal: to see every street in the state of Minnesota adopted in prayer.

“I call it prayer with legs. It is prayer that takes us beyond the walls of our churches to be a blessing to the people and communities around us,” Pagh said. A street can be adopted at Street adopters are encouraged to speak peace and blessing in Jesus’ name, reach out and build relationships with others, identify and respond to visible needs in tangible ways, and share the love, presence and power of Jesus, he said.

Pagh continued, “We need an uprising of prayer today. Bless Minnesota provides a tangible way to turn this wonderful ‘day of prayer’ into a ‘lifestyle of prayer’ that will impact the state of Minnesota forever.”

A special music video called “We Will Pray” will be shared at the conclusion of this community gathering.