Local pastor hosts prayer service for police officers - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Justin Hanson

Local pastor hosts prayer service for police officers

A Memphis pastor and his church are reaching out to police in a new way.  Sunday, they hosted a day of prayer for officers with the Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Department. 

"It's gonna take every pastor, every church, every educator, every civic leader, its gonna take everybody coming together," said Pastor DeRonae Smith of Memphis’ Greater Grace Temple. 

Smith was the host the first ever Law Enforcement Prayer Day service.  The Detroit native got the idea of such an event from his hometown. Ironically, Detroit held its ninth law enforcement prayer service Sunday as well.  

In Memphis, Smith not only brought a message of hope and unification but also reminded police officers there are members of the community who pray for them each and every day.

Officers like Johnny Currin appreciated the prayers, realizing the dangers of police work.   

"Its takes a lot of strength and that's why its important for churches to extend themselves to pray for us that we would have that strength," Currin said.

Sunday's prayer service used everything from spiritual singing to interpretive dance to bring a message of peace and healing. 

"It was really spiritual and I thought that just supporting our police officers was a good thing to do," church member Bernice Pegues said.

From pastor to people, the message remained the same. 

"We're praying for you, we're covering you in prayer. I want to thank you, the church community wants to thank you for the job you do each and every day," said Greater Grace member Gregory Thomas Jr. 

Greater Grace Temple leaders say this event will become an annual event in Memphis.  They are also planning a city-wide revival against crime for December.

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