The Coshocton County Beacon June 10, 2020 - Page 32

June 10, 2020 Community unites at praye By Marianne Austin Area pastors and members of the community came together for a prayer vigil at Coshocton Church of the Nazarene on Tuesday evening, June 2. Beginning with songs for encouragement about love, peace and healing, Pastor Dave Boots gave an invitation for anyone who wanted to pray to come up. “We’re outside. It’s a beautiful night,” Boots said. “We need to fall on our faces in repentance, asking for revival, asking Jesus to pour out a heart of love and restoration and wash away all of this hate.” Boots explained the reason for the prayer vigil. “Our country is so broken over the news of George Floyd that the only way to help is to pray,” he said. “We’re praying for his family, our nation, community and police officers. We need reconciliation. God wants his people to pray. Tonight, let’s think about those thoughts. Tonight, we place our full trust in you Submitted Area pastors and members of the community came together for a prayer vigil at Coshocton Church of the Nazarene on Tuesday evening, June 2. Lord. Pray for our nation to listen and understand. Everyone is invited to come up and pray. Pray for healing and peace. God wants us to pray.” Dawn Boots, the pastor’s wife, offered up prayer for police officers and all people. “God told us all these things would happen,” she said. “Help us to understand. Everything will come to pass like you said it would. Cover your people and keep them safe under the shadow of your wings. Give us the heart to trust you.” Pastor Joe Sanders from the First Baptist Church spoke in reference to Isaiah 59, comparing it to the times we are living in. “In the world we live in today, we see a lack of justice, sin, misery and destruction. It doesn’t see police as a place of protection. Nobody is going to save you. God says, ‘I am the redeemer.’ He is the one who is going to rescue us,” he said. “Just like the day of Pentecost in Acts II, all people