NOTE: Guest post by Dallas Pfeiffer, Congregational Care pastor

ArmsAroundMemphis police fire2Lawrence Kushner once wrote,

“Some things, some very important things, just happen once…Yes, meditation in the prayer hall is vital, but equally so is taking to the streets. We are obligated, even commanded, to take responsibility for what is set before us to step forward into our destiny.”

This very thing happened on Wednesday, March 9. Senior Pastor Shane Stanford and Pastor Emeritus Maxie Dunnam led a group of people encircled in front of the Shelby County Board of Education to pray for and encourage all who participate in the realm of education in Memphis and surrounding areas.

Dorsey HopsonThe circle included Shelby County’s Superintendent of Schools Dorsey Hopson and others in the administration. Hopson opened the time together by sharing his heart for the students, faculty and families who fall under his care and his gratitude for people willing to come alongside to offer support. The circle included several members of Christ Church and other congregations around the city. Ultimately, the participants were not there to represent their particular church, but the Church in Memphis on behalf of one the most important causes in this city, education.

So in this “Year of Prayer” at Christ Church, would you consider joining this expression of love to the places in which we live? Next week, on Wed., March 16, we will gather at 65 S. Front Street to pray for all our first responders in the area, and on Wed., March 23, we will meet at city hall (125 N. Main Street) to pray with and for our city and county mayors.

Share the video below and make plans to join us!

Arms Around Memphis Promo from CUMC Memphis on Vimeo.

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