This Thursday is National Day of Prayer. Prayer events will be held all across America, but here in West Michigan we have a very special event that your CityFest Prayer Team is helping to organize.
The theme for this year's National Day of Prayer is UNITY. What is so exciting is that West Michigan Christians have recently experienced a degree of unity among diverse denominations and ethnicities that, not too many years ago, would have been unthinkable.
As just one sign of our growing unity is the fact that 370+ churches are joining together to promote CityFest (the Luis and Andrew Palau festival) in our region this year. We also have nearly 1500 people who are pledging to pray daily for revival and spiritual awakening in West Michigan. And that number continues to grow daily! We still have the goal of raising 10,000 folks to be part of our CityFest Prayer Team. Feel free to help us recruit others by going to
Folks, come and celebrate this God-inspired unity with us at our National Day of Prayer event this Thursday evening (May 3rd) at 7:00 pm. We are gathering at
New Hope Baptist Church
130 Delaware SW, Grand Rapids
Some highlights from this year's event will include the following:
- Welcome by New Hope Baptist Church Pastor Howard Earl
- Inspiring worship music by the Unity Fellowship Choir interspersed throughout the evening
- Prayer for unity in each of the centers of cultural influence, including prominent leaders from each of these areas:
- Government: (including Mayor Rosalynn Bliss of Grand Rapids and Mayor Stephen Kepley of Kentwood, Sheriff Larry Stelma, Judge Benjamin Logan and many others)
- Church (including pastors and church leaders from a wide variety of churches in town)
- Family (representatives from various aspects of family)
- Education (including Dr. Curt Johnson (Asst. Superintendent of Grand Rapids Schools and others)
- Media/Arts (including media leaders like Tim Feagan, Market President of iHeart Media and others)
- Business (including Johnny Brann, Tom Koster, Kevin Cusack and others.)
We will conclude the evening by praying together what has been called the
Hope to see you there!!
Randy Hekman and Mary Sterenberg
Co-Chairs of the Prayer Team