MANSFIELD -- September will be a time to return to pray, according to organizers of a 10-day series of prayer services in the Mansfield area.
Return to Pray, Sept. 18 to 28, will feature musical praise and worship, repentance and prayer, in conjunction with the lead-up to a national prayer march in Washington, DC, Aug. 26, says Paul Lintern, local pastor.
“Franklin Graham, Jonathan Cahn and a host of other national Christian leaders are planning the event, not as protest, but submission to God as a nation," Lintern said. "We have invited local congregations to host a night, in whatever way is authentic to their style, tradition and calling.”
The Rev. El Akuchie, of the Richland Community Prayer Network, says prayer lays the foundation for individual, community and national relationships with God.
“It begins with the one who submits to the Lord, and joins them with a community of believers to stand before God humbly and faithfully,” he said.
Locations reflect a diversity of styles, cultures and geography in the area, which points to the unity that is our in Christ alone, he said.
The event, which begins on the day of the biblical Feast of Trumpets, and concludes on the Day of Atonement, is scheduled for 6:30 to 8 p.m. each evening at the following locations:
Friday, Sept. 18 — The ARC, 378 Park Ave. West.
Saturday — Kingdom Grace Fellowship, 105 Reba Ave.
Sunday — Church Requel, 2 Marion Ave.
Monday — Maddox Memorial COGIC, 1148 Walker Lake.
Tuesday - GracePoint Sanctuary, 36 Eagle Ct. , Lexington.
Wednesday — First Church of the Open Bible, 1150 Rayfield.
Thursday — Ontario Christian Fellowship, 636 S. Lex-Springmill.
Friday — Bible Walk Museum, 500 Tingley Rd.
Saturday — Fusion Church, 220 Industrial Pkwy, Lexington.
Sunday — Evening Prayer Walk, 6-7:30 p.m, at a location to be named.
Monday, Sept. 28 — Sar Shalom Messianic Congregation, 2510 W. Fourth St., 6 to 7:15 p.m.
The times of the final two evenings is moved to 6 p.m. because of sunset soon after 7 p.m.
The Saturday event at Fusion will be preceeded by additional two-hour prayer sessions at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
All events will be streamed live on the Godsfield facebook page.
The model of various congregations hosting prayer services on successive nights is a September version of the March of Prayer, held in 2019 and 2020, involving more than 50 nights of prayer with hosts representing more than 25 denominations.
This year’s event, schedule for 65 days, required an adjustment of the last 45 nights on the Godsfield page of Facebook live, plus a 28-hour prayerathon on that site, during the National Day of Prayer, May 7.
Oktoberfest last fall involved more than 20 congregations hosting prayer events, and the Facebook site featured 6 a.m. prayer times each morning in July and August.
“All of it is placed under the theme, ‘Mansfield is Godsfield, Richland is God’s Land,’ ” Rev. Akuchie says.
The final night, at Sar Shalom, coincides with its regular Day of Atonement service, which concludes at sunset, ending a 10-day fast.
“All events are free and open to all. This is a good opportunity to experience worship in arenas that may not be what is most familiar to many, but which will be very familiar in the topic of prayers and the focus on our Heavenly Father, and his son,” according to Akuchie.