Hundreds enjoy ‘Day of prayer’ in the Grove


COTTAGE GROVE – Isolation and fear of a global pandemic, combined with social unrest across the country, natural disasters, and conflicting political ideologies clashing as election day approaches, a national day of prayer and repentance was a brief respite for hundreds on Saturday, Sept. 26.

Metaphorically, a bright orange setting sun to the west illuminated the darker clouds overhead as approximately 200 people gathered in Bohemia Park at 6:30 p.m. for a local observance of the national call to prayer.

Organized by several local churches, the non-denominational prayer gathering began and ended with worship music led by musicians from several area churches. 

Some chose to walk around the park and pray while others remained in the amphitheater. Topics included prayers for wisdom for local, state and national leaders and for God’s will to be done in the Nov. 3 election; for divine solutions to difficult social issues and an end to the violence happening around the country; and for protection for first responders and healthcare workers by ending the Coronavirus pandemic. 

Other prayers were for the people of God to humble themselves and turn away from unholy attitudes, appetites, ambitions, bitterness, unforgiveness and judgmental attitudes. 

Living Faith Assembly Pastor Rulon Combs joined with other local pastors to organize the event. “The worship team selected very appropriate songs and included musicians from four churches, with the oldest one just 27 years old.”



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