Marlborough – The pastors of four Marlborough evangelical churches are organizing a unity prayer gathering to be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, the National and Global Day of Repentance and Prayer. The event will be held, rain or shine, at Union Common in downtown Marlborough, at the corner of Main Street and Route 85, from 10-11 a.m.
The event is open to all and is being organized by Pastor Bailey Norman (Greater Grace Christian Fellowship), Pastor Logan Loveday (Hope Community Church), Father Michael McKinnon (Holy Trinity Anglican Church), and Pastor Chad Braswell (Metro Church). These men have been meeting together as part of a “Churches United” initiative to cultivate connections between each other and the church communities they pastor, and to invite members of the larger Marlborough Area Church to join together from time to time.
They held a well-attended prayer meeting last October in a meeting room at Apex Entertainment and had hoped to hold another one this past spring, but that event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The upcoming event is noteworthy because it will be one of many such gatherings across the nation and around the globe, held in conjunction with a larger solemn assembly, called “The Return,” to be held in Washington, DC. (See www.thereturn.org) for more details.
“As leaders and pastors we can carry one another and collaborate to show our care for our community,” commented Pastor Loveday. “We truly live out Hebrews 10:24-25 that reads, ‘Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.’”
Reverend Kevin Jessup, co-chair of The Return, explained the purpose of the national gathering.
“This is not a political rally, it is not a performance, it is not a concert. This is a coming together across denominational lines to bow humbly before a holy God and ask him for mercy. It is a sacred, solemn, national assembly,” he said.
Jessup said that broadcast of the events in Washington will span six continents over 190 nations and 100 languages.
The Marlborough gathering will be comprised of four segments with each led by one of the organizing pastors who will offer a brief message leading to a time of prayer. Attendees are invited to bring chairs or blankets to allow for seating during the event.
On street parking adjacent to Union Common is very limited but there is a public parking lot located diagonally across Main Street opposite the Vin Bin with additional free parking available in a garage next to the lot. Those planning to attend should arrive to park at least ten minutes early to assure on-time arrival at the common.
Finally, please note that guidelines provided by Governor Charlie Baker call for face coverings when social distancing is not possible. There is plenty of room at Union Common to allow for distancing but all are encouraged to bring masks as an added safety precaution.
For more information about the prayer gathering and/or the “Churches United” effort, contact Pastor Bailey Norman at 508-460-1581.