About 300 people gathered on the Bradley County Courthouse Plaza Wednesday for the Cry Out America prayer service to remember the terrorist attacks that killed 2,996 people in New York City, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., on Sept. 11, 2001.
According to statistics, 2,606 died in the attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center, 125 in the Pentagon building and 246 in the four airliners used, including 40 who perished when United Flight 93 crashed in a farm field near Shanksville and 19 hijackers.
Candies Creek Baptist Church Pastor Jamie Work reminded the crowd they assembled because of what Jesus Christ has done in the past “and what we are confident he wants to do in his church and throughout this nation.”
The noon service was the sixth annual Cry Out America gathering at the seat of county government.
“We are joining with thousands of other Christian believers today who are gathering at more than 2,000 courthouses in every state in the nation. This is a monumental event as we cry out to the Lord that He would revive, restore and renew His church and bring a Christ awakening to our nation,” Work said.
Local leaders, representing seven areas (mountains) of society that influence the spiritual well-being of individuals, communities, states and nations, read Scriptures and offered prayer through news media, arts and entertainment. In addition, they implored people to recognize God’s presence in families, education, religion, the marketplace and government.
The Rev. Craig Mosgrove prayed for all mountains, and asked God’s guidance over the millennial generation, 25 million fatherless children and for unbelievers.
“You called for fishermen, not graduates of rabbinical schools. Your main requirement for us is to be authentic and sincere, and God that’s who we are in America. Our young people are sincere. They are authentic,” he said. “We lean heavily upon you and totally admit we are unable to do anything apart from you.
“We recognize today our greatest need is your Holy Spirit’s power. This power and blessing is freely offered by our Lord, but we can only receive it fully as we pray in faith and wait upon you for the blessing to come.”
Lee University student Emmaline Elliott informed the audience that people began petitioning God Sept. 4 for 24 hours daily in hourlong shifts from the North Cleveland Church of God Prayer Tower. Each day, prayers were offered for one of the seven mountains until Wednesday’s prayer service.
She implored the crowd to find practical ways for the next 21 days to continue praying and blessing others in each of the seven mountains three times each during the next three weeks
“How many of you have heard the term ‘ekballo’?” she asked. “It’s the Greek word for ‘thrust forth.’”
From Sept. 12 through Oct. 3, there will be 21 days of community service “ekballo ” based on Matthew 9:38. “Ekballo” is the word, in Greek, Jesus used when he commanded his disciples to pray to the Lord of the harvest to “send out” workers into the harvest fields.
“We launched a 21-day challenge in the community to be ‘ekballo’ in the community,” she said. “There are simple, little practical tasks we can do everyday. Why don’t we go and be the fulfillment of the prayers that we prayed today, and for the next 21 days do these simple, practical things?”
Some of the community projects coordinated through Candies Creek Baptist Church benefit the Cleveland/Bradley Emergency Shelter. The project list includes interior and exterior painting, cleaning or replacing the awning at the entrance and striping the parking lot.
For more information on projects, please contact Candies Creek Church by calling 423-479-3731.
Lee University Singers, directed by Dr. Brad Moffett, performed the prelude and postlude to the annual service and worship songs between prayers.