As he watched political factions fighting last year, the Rev. Rob Hartley perceived it as a call to prayer, so he organized a prayer rally in North Augusta near Independence Day.
“Last year, it was a heavy year rolling up to the election. Our country was hugely divided politically. It was heavy on a lot of people’s hearts,” said Hartley of the Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity, who has once again organized a communitywide prayer event for June 24.
About 150 people attended the event the first event, and five other churches helped sponsor it. The pastors of Sweetwater Baptist Church and First Providence Baptist Church spoke at the event as well as former North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones.
In addition to prayer, there was music.
Since last year’s event drew a good crowd, he decided to do it again this year.
Hartley said the purpose of the event is to pray for all government leaders, from those serving at the community level to those in Washington.
“We’re going to pray for the elected leaders – the folks who make decisions for us.
“We’re going to pray for wisdom,” he said.
A few weeks before the nation celebrates its independence is a good time to reflect and pray, and the setting of Wade Hampton Veterans Park on Georgia Avenue is also a good reminder to pray, he said.
This year’s event is scheduled from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, June 24. Posey Funeral Directors provided a tent and chairs for last year’s event, and Hartley plans for the same this year.
He’s also still reaching out to other churches and pastors to make it a community event that passes denominational boundaries.
“I don’t have a slate of sponsoring churches yet,” he said.
However, he does have musicians from two churches committed to the event.
To learn more or to get involved, call Hartley at (803) 341-0075.