SYRACUSE, Ind.—Wawasee Heights Baptist Church joined area churches in praying for its community. The evening kicked off a 40-day season of prayer that will culminate in a community sunrise resurrection celebration on Easter Sunday.
The evening of prayer, called Pancakes and Prayer, was a “huge step forward” in fulfilling Pastor Pat Park’s vision for church and community.
Park has been pastor of Wawasee Heights Baptist for six years. He desires to see his church body “view themselves as members not only of the local church but also of the larger Body of Christ found in our community.” Similarly, nearby pastors are beginning to see “the possibility of cooperating with other churches, working together and allowing our congregations to realize the blessing of the larger Body of Christ of which we are a part.”
“Together,” Park says, “these two visions focus us on being a blessing to our community and a larger conduit for the flow of the grace and glory of God in Syracuse and the surrounding communities.”
Over the last three years, churches in the Syracuse area have gathered for prayer in response to community crisis and need. And the opportunities not only were well received by the community but also open the churches’ eyes to their ability to reach out together.
Pancakes and Prayer provided a time of individual and corporate repentance and corporate prayer. During the 40 days of prayer, people will be praying individually, led by a guidebook, for themselves, their community, the nation, and the world. They will also gather at strategic places for weekly prayer gatherings, lifting up their community before the Lord.
Park says, “May the Lord continue to grow His people and sharpen the vision of His church for the glory of our Savior, Jesus Christ.”