Community — in person and through social media — hears words of peace, healing as Trinity United Methodist Church hosted an all-faiths ecumenical service.

Community — in person and through social media — hears words of peace, healing as Trinity United Methodist Church hosted an all-faiths ecumenical service.

With more than 2,700 watching on Facebook Live as well as a drive-in audience, Trinity United Methodist Church in Rome united area congregations to pray for our country and those hurting in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

A post from the church following the nearly hour-long service summed it up perfectly:

“We’re so grateful to all our speakers, coordinators, volunteers and viewers. Thank you for being light-bearers. Please continue shining God’s light in the world!”

Please take a moment to replay the broadcast if you missed it. Below is a program of those who contributed to the service:

  • Welcome and acknowledgments Rev. Joe Palmer, Pastor of youth and discipleship Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Prayers for Nation and for Peace/Scripture/Remarks Rev. Shari Rates, Lead Pastor Metropolitan United Methodist Church
  • Prayers for Racial Justice Dr. Jeffrey Peller, President Rodeph Sholom Congregation
  • Bell Ringing and silence observed Silence will be observed to honor George Floyd, his final moments of suffering, and suffering of all people due to racial violence and hatred
  • Prayers for Elected Officials/Public Servants, Scripture Devon Goddard Smyth, Executive Director Davies Shelters
  • Prayers for our community Mark Cochran, Commissioner Rome City Commission
  • Words of Encouragement Sheriff Tim Burkhalter,  Floyd County Sheriff
  • Prayers for Persons Suffering from illness Pastor Chase Holsomback, Lead Pastor Legacy Church
  • Prayers for Children/Youth, Parents/Teachers Pastor Carey N. Ingram, Lead Pastor Lovejoy Baptist Church
  • Prayers for Reconciliation Olivia Vardy, Rome High School Graduate, Student Stetson University
  • Comments from Nanci Hicks
  • Parting Blessing Rev. Dr. Jessica Terrell, District Superintendent Rome-Carrollton District of the United Methodist Church

From the church:  “We thank all our speakers tonight who have volunteered their time to share words of hope through this challenging time. Each one of them leaders in different capacities, we turn to them as ones who will help guide us towards a more united community. We thank our event organizer, Robin Holt, who laid aside time this week to bring this event to fruition and our community together. We thank Trinity United Methodist Church volunteers who have made priority to be here this evening to provide hospitality and technical assistance. We thank Lee Shealy for donating use of the stage and sound system. We thank Lt. Josh Kerce and Steve Davis for providing security services tonight.”

 

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