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Local church prays for economy

Posted March 3, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

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— In response to tough economic times, St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Raleigh started a midweek prayer service “Tuesdays for Troubled Times.”

“You can get sort of sucked into the headlines and what you hear,” the Rev. Ben Williams, said.

For the past four months, the small group has met every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. to pray for things to get better.

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“We’ve got to pray for our country. We’ve got to do something,” said Donna Barbour, a member of the congregation. She has been going to the service for months and said that it helps.

“I live every day not knowing if I’ll have my house in  six months. You just don’t know. So, I just pray about it and do the best I can,” Barbour said.

Williams said he recently "paid $650 worth of utility bills" for church members.

“In the midst of all that news, we need to offer a word of hope and a word to this community that while some of those things may be crashing, God is not. And God is ever present and we’re going to be a people of hope," he said.

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  • roncorey1 Mar 11, 2009

    Yeah...this will do ALOT of good...gimme a break.

    They should be praying for the military to get out of Iraq and Afghanistan!

  • haggis basher Mar 4, 2009

    "So just know you ARE being prayed for. Have a wonderful day for my God will bless you. :)"
    It must be nice to have time to waste........and just so you know.....no one is listening to your prayers (unless your bedroom is bugged........)

  • ForHim Mar 4, 2009

    I have much better things to do than continue to post on here. Even though you do not like it, all of you non-believers are in my prayers. So just know you ARE being prayed for. Have a wonderful day for my God will bless you. :)

  • Hammerhead Mar 4, 2009

    "This will probably be my last post on GOLO, for I have better things to do than to continually read all the comments about Christianity. I, and other Christians, at least the vast majority of us, do not mock and make fun of your atheism or agnosticism, so why do you Christianity haters feel so compelled to spew out your drivel?"

    Really? Christians never spew hatred or drivel...oh wait!! They wrote the book on it....pun intended. Doom and gloom, fire and brimstone and all that baloney.

  • mfalesana Mar 4, 2009

    Why is this even a story? Instead of trying to convince people that praying is going to change something... Why not help people realize they need to stand up and change the way things are done and get our economy back on track? Wishing and hoping (praying) isn't going to do anything. If it were it would have already happened. But from the looks of this story they have been doing this for a while.

    Anyway waste of a story.

  • haggis basher Mar 4, 2009

    "do not mock and make fun of your atheism or agnosticism"
    Many try but its not exactly an even playing field. Atheism means not beleiving in God or Gods. Beliefs need to be justified or they are meaningless. Not believing in any aprticular thing is the default state so requires no such proofs. You could ask me to prove the world is a sphere and I could do so, likewise that we evolved from a common ancestor with the Great Apes or that the world is billions of years old but you can provide zero evidence that any religion is anything other than a made up fairy tale.

  • dlb800 Mar 4, 2009

    Maybe you should Thank the Lord that we have President Obama, our Messiah here on earth. He will save us and the economy. I just know he will. He will punish those CEOs and "the rich", and eliminate unemployment, give everyone a college education, a home, and make everything right in the world.

    We should give praise for that!

  • haggis basher Mar 4, 2009

    So you have a nice friend you could see you were in need. Some folks are simply observent and nice. Thats not proof of anything....and do you really think a god that would let a child suffer years of abuse before dying in misery or a baby to die in a burning car or a young mother to suffer and die of cancer would really care one iota whether your fridge is full or not??? You are so important that you get to eat whilst millions starve? wake up.

  • TomLynda Mar 4, 2009

    This will probably be my last post on GOLO, for I have better things to do than to continually read all the comments about Christianity. I, and other Christians, at least the vast majority of us, do not mock and make fun of your atheism or agnosticism, so why do you Christianity haters feel so compelled to spew out your drivel?

    This is my last post, and I will not answer any posts regarding this, so save your breath. I just want to put something out that just maybe, just maybe, will cause some of you to stop and think.

    What is the harm is someone wants to pray? This is the United States of America and we are guaranteed the freedom to worship as we choose, or choose not too. You have the perfect right to say what you please, as I do. I served in the military to help perserve that right, and will fight to the death to perserve that right.

    And yes, I give to others when I often don't have enough for ourselves. But I cannot outgive God. Enough said.

  • haggis basher Mar 4, 2009

    "Why so much animosity from those who believe that God does not exist?"
    Perhaps its because these same brain washed sheep are being lined up to bleat for Prayers in schools and other public places, change the laws on Sex ed, birth control and who can marry, contaminate the Pledge of allegiance, drive folks away from the public schools, deny basic science education on Geology and biology, con people out of 10% plus of their income, scare kids and old folks with tale of hell and damnation, fill folks heads with mindless pap about heaven and eternal life......Its just the mind booglingly inanity of it all! Its all made up and is used and abused by Pastors to make an easy living and Politicians to gain power.

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