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prayer in the park

June 08, 1997

By JENNYLYNN BROWN

Staff Writer

It was church without the sermon, but a message was delivered anyway: Area worshipers say a community that prays together, stays together.

On Saturday afternoon at Hagerstown City Park, about 130 men, women and children filled rows of wooden benches for a fellowship and prayer service.

"We need to come together and break down barriers of denomination and race," said organizer Serena Bell of Hagerstown. "We are the Christians, and we can say, `Lord, we need help here, and we can't do it on our own.'"

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Area pastors prayed for the nation, the president, Hagerstown, the mayor and County Commissioners, schools, churches, families and blights of the city.

"We're praying for the whole circle of life," said Bell, 37. "We're starting at the top and working our way down. It's for all churches. We are coming together on God's word."

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