Vicki Phillips believes that Tarrant County churches can do a lot to help their communities just by using the most basic component of their faith: prayer.
“Through prayer, I believe we will resolve some of the issues that people can’t argue or negotiate away,” said Phillips, local coordinator for Thursday’s National Day of Prayer. “Answers will be found when we pray for one another.”
This is Phillips’ 20th year working with a nationwide event that began in 1952 through a joint resolution of Congress that was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. It is her third year as coordinator for the countywide observance that crosses denominational boundaries to assemble people of faith and blend their voices to invoke God. Events are scheduled at dozens of locations, from churches to parks to municipal plazas, across North Texas.
Phillips said that Thursday’s theme — One Voice, United in Prayer — reflects Romans 15:6, “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“My goal is to try to get all the churches working together for the good of all,” Phillips said.
One of Tarrant County’s biggest events is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Burnett Plaza, 501 W. 7th St. in downtown Fort Worth and will feature Christian worship leader Terry MacAlmon of Dallas.
Phillips said she hopes prayer already is or will become part of people’s everyday lives.
“I want to encourage people to adopt a specific police officer, a firefighter, a teacher, a government official, anyone in a position of leadership and pray for them for one year,” Phillips said “I challenge people to know who these leaders are and pray for them, send them encouraging notes, scriptures, little gifts once a month.”