From Ferguson to France, the past few years in the news have been marred by violent tragedies. It has divided many, but has strengthened many as well. As a prayerful and peaceful presence in North County since 1969, Pallottine hosted its second annual ecumenical prayer for peace service to bring the faith community together.
On Sunday, August 7, more than 75 people filled Pallottine’s chapel in the round, including a dozen local clergy and religious who led the group in prayer. Praise music was provided by the Answer Band.
The guest entered in contemplative prayer, experiencing a reflective walk around the chapel with stations posting quotes about peace. The service included readings, prayers, reflections, song and video.
“This United Prayer for Peace service addressed the barriers the divide us,” says Marillyn Webb, executive director of Pallottine. “We hope to continue this tradition, creating a beacon of hope in our city.”
Special thanks to:
Sr. Gail Borgmeyer, SAC Provincial for Pallottine Missionary Sisters, Queen of the Apostles Province
Marillyn Webb, Executive Director, Pallottine Renewal Center
Dr. Rance Thomas, President of North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice
Marie Kenyon, Director, Peace & Justice Commission of the Archdiocese of St Louis
Rev. Monica Jefferson , Pastor St. Andrew United Methodist Church
The Answer Band – St. Andrew United Methodist Church: Tim Almstead, keyboard; Steve Lewis, mandolin, percussion; Jeff Everett, guitar; Bryan Jeffrey, vocals; Kevin McClain, vocals; Russ Muenz, vocals; Emma Lewis, vocals.
Rev. John Higgins, Pastor John Knox Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Anita Hendrix, Leader Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery
Bill Meyerkord, Atonement Lutheran Church
Rev. Tom Wyrsch, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Church
Rev. Wes Mullins, Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Saint Louis
Sr. Barbara Moore, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Deacon David Harpring, St. Ferdinand Catholic Church
Presbyter’s Social Witness Policy Action Team