Last Thursday, two dozen Delta County residents representing diverse Christian faiths formed a prayer circle on a grassy median near Cedaredge High School. The group of clergy and members of multiple congregations came together as an extension of a pastors' prayer group that has been meeting regularly at churches throughout the county.
Beginning at 11 a.m. on March 29 the group sang and prayed together. According to a spokesperson who contacted the DCI, the group was praying for students, teachers, school administration and the safety of all students in the Delta County School District. Speaking in turns, clergy and church members were mindful of the proliferation of school violence across the nation and lifted up prayers on behalf of students who may be feeling distress. They condemned bullying and those who would do harm to others but also asked that bullies and troubled students change their ways and seek guidance.
Other speakers asked that those present and the larger church family represented by the diverse gathering put aside their doctrinal differences and unite to provide a place of comfort and refuge in troubled times for students, teachers, and school and government leaders. The gathering concluded with the singing of the hymn "How Great Thou Art" and a recitation of The Lord's Prayer.
The pastor's prayer team plans to gather again near Hotchkiss High School at 11 a.m. on April 26 and to visit other schools and communities in the future on the last Thursday of each month. They also encouraged citizens from throughout the county to join them for a National Day of Prayer at noon on May 3 at the Delta County Courthouse.