The welcome mat was put out on Tuesday with a display outside, lining the Marietta Church of God property on Allgood Rd. of Israeli and American flags announcing the upcoming Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem.
Pastor Randy Brooks, Marietta Church of God and the community joined together Sunday evening Oct. 5, for the 4th annual to Day of Prayer for the Peace of Jerusalem. The Day or Prayer is a worldwide day for praying for peace in Israel.
The evening which was open to the public began with the blowing of the Shofar by Bruce Krohn and 6 youth who had been learning the significance of the Shofar in Jewish tradition and trained to blow the Shofar. The program began with the Daughter of Zion dancing to Hinei Ma Tov.
Shir Emeth from Kol Emeth Synagogue sang Hatikvah. Pastor Randy Brooks welcomed everyone and introduced special guest SE Regional Consul General, Opher Aviran who brought an update on Israel and the state of the Jewish people around the world, offering an urgency and needs for the congregation to Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.
The Agape Youth Team performed to “Prophecy,” a drama about the dry bones of Israel. This year as usual two Jewish organizations were introduced to the congregation and a call for support. The two organizations this year were Heart to Heart, the blood collection organization for all of Israel. The second was Life Shield which provides bomb shelters throughout Israel. Carol Wiseman offered that these two organizations are so very critical with the ongoing war with Hamas and the urgent need for both at times like this.
The speaker this year, Carol Wiseman, spoke on “Awake O Church, Awake” bringing light on the Abrahamic Covenant, the Price of being the “chosen People” and for such a time as this, saying that Christians like Esther have been called for such a time as this to stand firmly with Israel as Watchmen on the Wall. She challenged the congregation to take their place as Watchmen on the Wall for Israel.
The message was followed by a time of prayer which involved the entire congregation. Rabbi Shlomo Riskin greeted the congregation from Efrat, Israel and brought a short word on “The Dry Bones.” This was followed with the Priestly blessing by Pastor Mike Tate. The evening ended with a time of continued fellowship with a “Taste of Israel” allowing the congregation to sample foods such as hummus and Challah bread.
Every participant was given a refrigerator magnet with Ps. 122:6 and a picture of the Kotel on it along with a list of urgent prayers to pray for Israel and her people to be placed on their refrigerator, reminding them to pray daily on behalf of Israel.