MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – After a deadly weekend in Memphis with at least six people killed and many more injured in different shootings across the city, local faith leaders held a massive prayer summit to help the community heal, giving at Sunday Church a whole new meaning in the Bluff City.
On Sunday, church members from across the city lit up the Renasant Convention Center during the One Memphis Prayer Summit with praise and songs of worship.
Even Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner attended the prayer summit.
Hosted by faith leaders and Memphis Councilor Rhonda Logan, she says bringing together the city’s leaders, community and believers under God’s direction is essential for healing.
“This is an important situation that we are dealing with in our city,” Logan said. “No one entity can handle it, but together, all of us together under God’s protection and hand, and under his direction and guidance, we can make it happen.”
Community members have stopped to pray for peace, protection and prosperity for the city of Memphis, and some say their list of prayer requests continues to grow.
“We’re going to pray for the crime rate in Memphis, the carjackings, the home invasions. Street drag racing,” said Pastor Henry Lavender of Living Life in Victory Church.
The Memphis Police Department had a busy weekend, with at least six dead and eight injured, including two minors, after an explosion of shootings across the city:
- At 3:57 a.m. Saturday, a man was found dead after a shooting on Chuck Avenue.
- At around 5 p.m. Saturday, a man was found dead after a filming on Cherry Road near Parkway Village.
- At 7:34 p.m. Saturday, a woman was transported to ROH in critical condition following a shooting on Griggs Avenue.
- Four minutes later a man was found dead following a shooting on Pendleton Street.
- At 10:21 p.m. Saturday, a 13-year-old boy was transported to Le Bonheur in non-critical condition after a shooting on Perkins Road.
- At 2:13 a.m. Sunday, a man was killed and three others seriously injured following a shooting on Park Avenue.
- At 1:58 p.m. Sunday, a man was transported to ROH in critical condition after a shooting on Barron Avenue near Getwell Road.
- At 2:13 p.m. Sunday, a woman was found dead following a shooting on Wooddale Avenue.
- At 6:53 p.m. Sunday, a man was transported to ROH in critical condition following a shooting on Lamar Avenue.
- At 7:58 p.m. Sunday, a victim was found dead and a minor was transported to Le Bonheur in critical condition following a shooting on Avenue de la Bourse.
“I pray that God will give the right people influence over our young people, just to pave the way for them and the next generation,” said community member Darius Jones.
Although it will take time to restore faith, church members who prayed at the One Memphis Prayer Summit say everything will be done through God’s resources.
“We want that cry to go up to God, saying we’re ready, we’re ready for our city to be changed, we’re ready for something to happen,” said Pastor Cedric Taylor of Koinonia Christian Center.
Faith leaders say they hope to hold another One Memphis Prayer Summit next year due to Sunday night’s success.
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