Pastors at Life Source Ministries, a small church in the outlet mall in the Milan area, organized the event.
“The heart of the whole thing is to come together with one common denominator: to seek God,” said Deb Lusher, a pastor at the church.
City commissioner Pervis Brown has agreed to speak for a few minutes at the prayer rally.
“I believe in prayer. I believe in community,” said Brown, adding he’s pleased organizers are trying to persuade everyone to come, regardless of denomination or color. “It’s a call for unity.”
Commissioner Jeff Smith also said he’ll attend if he can work out a conflict; his son has a football game at the same time. Smith helped Lusher figure out how to reserve the gazebo.
“With everything that is happening, not just in our city but the world and the country, I think a great start fixing some problems is bringing everybody together as a community,” Smith said. “We should come together as Christians.”
Lusher said the Biblical verse that’s a key to the intent of the rally is II Chronicles 7:14. The New International Version translation of the verse: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Other churches have received letters inviting them to participate, Lusher said.
“The event is not based on churches,” she said. “It’s the body of Christ coming together.”