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Community members gather downtown to reflect on Election Day

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Many people gathered at Rosa Parks Circle today to pray and reflect on Election Day.

By Kosha Oswald – Collegiate Staff

People all over Grand Rapids gathered to pray today at Rosa Parks Circle. Pray For The Nation is an event intended to give people a place to come together and reflect on what is going on in the world, especially with today being Election Day.

“It is a place for us to come together as churches and pray for the nation today,” said Vicki Ferrier, a member of Life Stream Church in Allendale. “It allows people to come and ask God for direction for our country.”

The event included a pre-rally, a concert of prayer, and post rally.

There was a live band and various activities offered. One activity was the forgiveness table. This table provided a flier detailing forgiveness and a pile of sand for people to write a name in of someone/something they need to forgive. There are also chairs and spaces that people can go and sit and reflect together or alone if they choose.

The event was put on by the following churches from around Grand Rapids and Allendale:

  • Life Stream
  • Alas de Aguila
  • City Life
  • Resurrection Life
  • First Reformed Church
  • Tallmadge Community Church
  • Kentwood Community Church
  • Tribes Church

It was also sponsored by Countryside Greenhouse and Progressive Building Services.

“We are hosting this on Election Day because it’s a big day,” Ferrier said. “We want to encourage people to get out and vote. We don’t try to sway the vote, we just offer a place for them to come and ask for God’s advice before making such a big decision.”