Rogersville's Day of Prayer offers alternatives for those concerned about COVID-19

Jeff Bobo • May 6, 2020 at 12:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — Town Square will play host as usual to Rogersvile’s National Day of Prayer observance Thursday, albeit with social distancing enforced, as well as a couple of alternatives for those who aren’t yet ready to join an audience.

Event organizer Sheldon Livesay told the Times News on Monday that an in-person National Day of Prayer event will be held at noon on the southwest corner of Rogersville Town Square.

In light of COVID-19 concerns, however, speakers and attendees will be asked to remain at least 6 feet apart at all times, and the use of masks and gloves is encouraged.

Utilizing broadcast and social media

This year’s event will also make use of local cable TV access and online technology such as Facebook live streaming to broadcast to parishioners who may not be ready to attend a public event due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Among the media sources expected to be broadcast on Charter cable channel No. 198 and HolstonConnect’s cable channel No. 17; as well as the WRGS radio station in Rogersville and WMCH radio station in Church Hill.

Some churches plan to live stream the event on Facebook, including East Rogersville Baptist Church, Of One Accord Ministry and Surgoinsville First Baptist. The Bridge Church Rogersville will stream the event live on its YouTube channel. 

Rogersville prayer driving tour

There is also an additional “drive-through” element being added to this year’s National Day of Prayer involving an evening driving tour of Rogersville locations that need your prayers the most. 

Livesay said the evening prayer tour is called Pillars of Influence and will begin at 6 p.m. to offer a way for local residents to participate.

Participants will go to the Rogersville First Baptist Church parking lot in downtown Rogersville where they will receive a prayer parade guide that leads them to several locations in Rogersville.

Livesay said the goal is for participants to “join their voices with millions of others across the nation for these Pillars of Influence or prayer topics.”

“Pray without getting out of their cars”

“The prayer parade is planned to begin at Hawkins County Hospital, where we will remember all on the front lines of exposure and defense during the epidemic,” Livesay said. “Next is City Hall, remembering our government and its leaders; our school superintendent’s offices, remembering our schools and teachers; the National Guard Armory, remembering our military; Cinema 4 Theater, remembering all forms of media; and then driving by each family’s church, remembering our churches and pastors.”

Livesay added, “The tour should end by praying in front of their homes for their families. Each family can travel to these locations and pray without getting out of their cars.”

In the event of bad weather, Thursday’s National Day of Prayer event will be moved and broadcast from the Rogersville First Baptist Church Sanctuary beginning at noon.

“Pray for His glory to be revealed”

Each year, the National Day of Prayer offers a theme that gives direction to this day, which has become the only day of the year recognized as a day of prayer by our federal government.

President Donald Trump and every state governor signed a proclamation stating this year’s theme is from Habakkuk 2:14 — “Pray for His glory to be revealed across the Earth.”

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