It was a typical Sunday worship service with a twist.
The congregation at Ames United Methodist Church in Bel Air, the same lively and prayerful group that planned the hugely successful Yolanda Adams concert a couple weeks ago, was offerering hearty praise songs and worshipping together Sept. 2, in the church's Baltimore Pike sanctuary.
Pastor Jay Blake, their annointed and ebullient leader, had just finished delivering a thought-provoking sermon. Challenging them that faith without works is dead, he implored the assembly to gather after the worship service for a brief road trip.
"We won't be long," he said.
True to his word, Blake and group of followers travelled to three local schools – Bel Air High School, William Paca Old Post Road Elementary School and Edgewood Elementary School – where they prayed on the grounds, asking God's protection for the school buildings, students, faculty, staff and all involved with the school. It was the second annual prayer walk of this type that they have done in Harford County, which involves a random selection of schools.
"The idea," Blake said, "is to show the compassion and love of Christ to our schools and to our community, especially in light of the recent violence that has taken place locally and nationwide."
For more information about Ames United Methodist Church outreach programs, contact Donna E. Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org.