‘Cry Out America’ reflects on 9/11 tragedy in prayer

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Staff Writer
Posted 9/12/17

Despite the rain and wind which forced organizers to move the event from Greenway Park, a small crowd gathered at Peerless Road Church for Cry Out America on Monday evening.

The annual event, …

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‘Cry Out America’ reflects on 9/11 tragedy in prayer

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Despite the rain and wind which forced organizers to move the event from Greenway Park, a small crowd gathered at Peerless Road Church for Cry Out America on Monday evening.

The annual event, held every Sept. 11, is a Christian prayer gathering which encourages people to gather and pray for their country. It is part of a national movement now organized by the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

Since 2007, there have been thousands of Cry Out America events all across the country. The annual event date was chosen for a reason, to remember the day thousands died because of terrorist attacks on American soil.

“We’re not here to have a memorial service for that tonight. However, we never want to forget about that,” said Dr. Phil Griffin, pastor of the Church at Grace Point. “We’re here to cry out to God, to cry out with all our hearts, for our country. ... He’s the only hope that we have.” 

This year’s prayer focus was the media, arts and entertainment. Local television personality Toni Miles shared how these things affect the country’s culture and trajectory.

She and Ted Gocke of Christian radio station J103 also shared stories of how their faith has influenced the steps they have taken in their careers.

Kay Horner, executive director of the Center for Spiritual Renewal, shared a prayer noting that God is the one who gives people their creative ability.

People representing fields ranging from dance instruction to sports coaching shared Bible verses and prayers which asked God to encourage those using their talents to share their faith.

This year’s speakers included Grace Kuhlman, Wendy Benton, Mark Vermilion, Robert Green, Alexis Ziarkowski, Jane Galay, Douglas Caywood, Corvin Brown and Judy Jacobs Tuttle.

Throughout the event, attendees were also encouraged to sing along to worship songs led by area singers and musicians.

Continuing with the arts and entertainment theme, audiences also got to see a spoken word performance by LaEsha Williams and dance performances by Unity Dance Troupe and the Movement Dance Troop.

The church’s lobby also included displays of painting, pottery and more from local visual artists.

Iris Ray, one of the event’s organizers, said they wanted to be sure to feature those who “are called to serve” in the areas related to this year’s prayer focus.

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