Dear Pastor and Church Leader,

I want to encourage you to attend a called Prayer Rally this Friday evening and invite your congregation. Quite a few of our HCBA churches and pastors are participating. We will be meeting at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church on 4801 TN-Hwy. 58 at 7:30PM. Below is a press release that gives more information. Hope to see you there.

As the pandemic continues to affect our community and nation, and protests over the wrongful death of African-American George Floyd grow day after day, there is a sense of hopelessness and despair that is seen in the faces and heard in the cries of Americans across our land.

While to date no national or local leaders have offered answers, the Church, God’s body, is calling citizens back to prayer, repentance, and unity. The answers to the racial strife and divisions that have plagued our nation for centuries, can be found when we bow our knees, and lift our eyes, to our Father in Heaven, who made all races and desires that we follow the example of Jesus in “loving our neighbors as ourselves.”

Understanding these truths, churches throughout the Chattanooga area are uniting this Friday evening, June 5, at 7:30pm, to look up to God, in prayer and worship, and out to our fellow neighbors, in love and repentance, as we seek equal justice for all Americans, regardless of skin color. During this solemn time, we are calling our community to examine our hearts for any wayward thoughts or motives that would prevent such racial justice from being realized, and then to seek God’s leading regarding what role He desires us to play in such reconciliation.

At a time when our nation is divided like none other in our lifetimes, the Church is calling all followers of Jesus to reflect the unity that our Savior desired for His body when He prayed: “may they be one, as you, Father and I are one.” The organizers of the event will be exercising all appropriate social distancing protocols, and will be gathering outdoors on the parking lot of Mt. Canaan Baptist Church. Attendees are encouraged to eitherstay in their cars, stand by their cars, and/or wear masks, while maintaining an appropriate distance from other attendees.

The address for Mt. Canaan Baptist Church is 4801 TN-58, Chattanooga, TN 37416. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early, rain or shine, so that they are in place for a prompt start at 7:30pm. The program will last no more than an hour.

 

Dennis Culbreth

Director of Missions