SALEMBURG — In the wake of national and local tragedies, pastors from the Lakewood area are working to bring the community together for a night of prayer and worship.
The Solemn Assembly is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Lakewood High School, 245 Lakewood School Road, Salemburg. It involves many local churches from Roseboro, Salemburg and surrounding areas coming together to stop social problems. Some of them include drugs, crime, lack of respect for authority and people dropping out of high schools.
Gilbert Owens, pastor of Kingdom of God Ministries Church, is looking forward to the event.
“Sin has not only become rampant not only in the nation, but also in our community,” Owens said. “We are asking all of the churches to come together for what God calls a solemn assembly.”
It’s based on the Bible’s Joel 1:14 says “Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land into the house of the Lord your God, and cry unto the Lord.”
Some parts of the service will consist of singing, fellowship, prayer, scripture reading and an alter call for individuals to commit to Jesus Christ. At the end, everyone will be invited together at the alter for prayer.
“There will not be any pastors praying for them because the pastors will also be praying for themselves,” Owens said. “It’s designed for the majority of members of the community to cry out unto the Lord, hoping that the Lord will heal us and remove judgment that he may have for this area.”
Following the event, participants will be asked to fast in some type of way when they return home.
Owens also said the reason for the upcoming gathering is based on teaching about the children of Israel walking away from God because of sin.
“God would bring about or he would promise judgment on the nation,” Owens said. “God would tell them that if they would humble themselves and pray, fast and repent of their sins, he would not bring judgment upon the people.”
The assembly will include a mass choir performance of local churches. For more information about the event or joining the mass choir, contact Owens at 910-379-4562 or John Adams of Salemburg Baptist Church at 910-525-4265.
“We strongly urge everyone to attend,” Owens said.
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