Pastors pray for Memphis, end to violence

Pastors pray for Memphis, end to violence

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Faith-based leaders from across the city came together to pray for peace in Memphis.

Rainbow/Push organized the prayer meeting, inviting leaders from churches, synagogues, and other groups to stand together for the preservation of all human life.

Pastors and city leaders gathered at Memphis City Hall to pray in light of the recent events that happened in Baton Rouge.

"If we ever needed the Lord before, we sure need him right now," Pastor Stacy Spencer said.

Over the course of one week, we saw large protests and rallies happen across the Mid-South. We also saw a 30 day no-kill decree come to an end in less than 24 hours.

"That's one of our expectations today, that prayer will cause a shift in not only what's taking place in Memphis, but all over our country," Dr. Gina Stewart, senior pastor at Christ MB Church, said.

The pastors say prayer is the first step; they want families to follow suit.

"When we learn how to practice righteousness and do what's right," Pastor Spencer said. "That day, we will have peace."

The group also prayed for law enforcement officers.

"Our goal is to clearly state that we denounce any violence against law enforcement officials," Rev. Joseph Kyles said.

In addition to the power of prayer, there is one thing these pastors all agree on: it is time for the violence to stop.

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