Churches across Denton County, united by faith in Jesus Christ, held a prayer gathering in Denton in response to the rising violence occurring throughout the nation.
There was not one specific church or denomination leading the effort as all involved are rallying around their desire to join together in love for one another. Pastor T.J. Denson of Macedonia Ministries in Lewisville, said, “In the face of so much division and violence, we believe that the church can lead the way by demonstrating the power of love and unity in our local communities through prayer.”
Lifeline Church in Denton served as the host church of the prayer gathering held on Sunday evening Aug. 30. Invitations were sent to Denton County churches, and nearly 150 people representing more than 15 churches attended.
“We were honored to host the first of what we believe will be many more prayer gatherings across Denton County,” said Pastor Jerry Reagan of Lifeline Church in Denton. “In fact, many pastors and churches have already committed to gathering again in September and October.”
Pastor Jim Mann of New Life Church in Denton said, “Given the diversity of churches represented, it was a blessing to witness and be a part of the spirit of love and unity as people came together focused on what we have in common in Jesus. This wasn’t people gathered to listen to clergy pray. It was Denton County Christians offering heartfelt prayers for one another, our communities, our law enforcement, our leaders, and our nation.”
The format of the prayer gathering was simple and free of speeches. Several pastors took turns leading prayers focused on repentance, families, communities, leaders and rising violence and hate followed by spontaneous prayer from those in attendance, “We really wanted to focus on prayer and allow individuals the opportunity to pray,” said Pastor Jose Paiz of Mission Templo Bethel in Denton, who also led a prayer in Spanish followed by an interpretation in English.
Pastor Clarence Harden of St. Andrew Church of God in Christ in Denton expressed his hope and belief that more churches and people will join in future prayer gatherings. “Plans are underway now for at least two additional prayer gatherings to be hosted by other involved churches over the next two months. We believe in the power of united prayer of believers across denominational, racial and ethnic lines,” he said.
The next prayer gathering will be at 6 p.m. Sunday at Antioch Christian Fellowship in Corinth, 2020 Post Oak Drive and will be hosted by Pastor Chris Respass.
“I am excited to see what God is doing and will do as His people respond to His call to love one another and to unite in prayer for our communities and our nation,” Respass said.
This diverse gathering included the following pastors and churches in Denton County:
Associate Pastor Clay Horton, Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church, Flower Mound
Pastor Chris Respass, Antioch Christian Fellowship, Corinth
Pastor Rick McCoy, Calvary Christian Center, The Colony
Pastor Jerry Reagan, Lifeline Church, Denton
Pastor T.J. Denson, Macedonia Ministries, Lewisville
Pastor Jose Paiz, Mission Templo Bethel, Denton
Pastor Larry Willis, Morse Street Baptist Church, Denton
Pastor Jim Mann, New Life Church, Denton
Pastor Rod Collver, Open Arms Church, Lake Dallas
Pastor Clarence Harden, St. Andrew Church of God in Christ, Denton
Pastor Ben DeBoef, The Church of Corinth, Corinth