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Area churches unite in worship

Area churches unite in worship
By Judy Reed

Christians from area churches came together last Sunday, August 29, at Morley Park in Cedar Springs, to do something that’s often difficult for churches to do—they put their denominational differences aside and worshiped as one body.

“The feedback I’ve received from people has been extremely positive,” said Pastor Craig Carter, Pastor at North Kent Community Church, and chair of the Cedar Springs Ministerial Association.  “There were many new people attending, and they told me how neat and exciting it is to see what the Lord is doing in our community.”

Nine area churches participated, and about 500 people attended. All the pastors gathered on the stage and prayed for area churches, families, state, federal and local officials, schools, youth, businesses, ministries, our military and more.

A worship band comprised of members of area worship teams led the praise portion of the service and Pastor Barry Briggs of The Springs gave the morning message based on Jesus’ last orders to his disciples. He noted how much good the church of Jesus Christ could accomplish with everyone working together, and challenged each person there to invite someone to church this fall. “Wouldn’t it be great if our churches were filled?” he asked. “We have an assignment called the Great Commission. We are charged with making disciples despite our theological bent,” he said.

The message appeared to resonate with those in attendance, as many stood to show they had someone they would invite to church this fall.

After the service, there was lunch, games for kids, and a praise and worship concert.

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