WARNER ROBINS -- More than 30 local officials, residents and church leaders gathered at City Hall Thursday to pray for Warner Robins.
The second annual prayer vigil orchestrated by residents of the Jefferson Hills neighborhood held the theme “Unity in Our Community.”
“Every one of us who are citizens, we want to do everything we can to bring about unity in our community and not just leave it up to our elected leaders, but we want to support them by having a unified community so that we can reach the level of which God desires us to reach,” said Fred Wilson, who helped organize the event.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen and council members Paul Shealy, Daron Lee and Mike Daley were in attendance, as well as Carolyn Robbins, Mike Davis and Mike Brashear, who were sworn in later Thursday. The three new council members will officially take office Sunday.
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Several speakers remarked how God has blessed Warner Robins and the noticeable impact last year’s prayer vigil had on the city.
“We can see through the year how God has blessed us,” Wilson said. “He’s brought about unity. He’s brought about many, many things ... and many of the projects that were on the books, they’ve already started to take effect.”
The scripture came from I Timothy 2:1-4, which reads “Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
The Rev. Daryl Vining Sr., pastor of Hebron Fellowship Baptist Church in Byron, said residents have an opportunity, obligation and responsibility to pray for their leaders. “There may be people in our community who have different faiths and different beliefs, but when it comes down to it, we all have a responsibility to pray for those who are an authority over us,” he said before offering a prayer of thanksgiving.
Shaheen also gave remarks before Shealy closed the program and gave the benediction.
“A lot of people said this was the turning point for our city when we had this prayer vigil last year,” Shaheen said, calling Warner Robins a faith-based community. “We’ve got issues going on right now at City Hall that are too big for mayor and council to solve, so I’ve told this council you need to pray about those issues. The only way we’re going to solve them is through prayer, and this is a start right here.”
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