Community worship night preaches unity


Reverend George Perry of St. Frederick Baptist Church in Marble Falls preached about community unity despite economic, religious and cultural differences at the second evening of community worship sponsored by the Highland Lakes Crisis Network. The event took place on April 29 at Haley-Nelson Park in Burnet. Staff photo by Mac McClennahan

About 500 people converged on Haley-Nelson Park in Burnet for the evening of community worship on April 29, featuring pastors, music and food from 25 area churches. The event was sponsored by the Highland Lakes Crisis Network, which hopes to hold similar events at least quarterly. The first such event took place at Granite Shoals last July.

“God manifests in powerful ways,” Crisis Network President Kevin Naumann said after the event. “Just seeing 25 churches come together to work on an event is huge. Knowing that we live in a place where God is working in our community, I think it’s impactful.

The countywide event was not about the crisis network but about churches working together across denominations, Naumann continued. Everything, including music, messages and food, was intentionally designed to be inclusive. Served with the standard hot dogs and burgers, there were foods from Jamaica, Mexico and the Philippines.

“The food was a celebration of our diversity and unity,” said Jon Weems, senior pastor of Lake Shores Church in Marble Falls. “We had desserts from everywhere, snow cones and bouncy houses for the kids. The kids had a blast. »

One of 12 speakers during the more than three-hour event, Weems focused his remarks on John 17 and the body of Christ.

“The overall theme was unity,” Weems said. “Each of us is an individual, each church is different. Together we serve a purpose to edify the body of Christ, his church in our community and in our country.

George Perry, pastor of St. Frederick Baptist Church in Marble Falls, spoke of bringing the circle of each individual together to form a larger circle of community.

“We tend to get into our little circles and not know what’s going on in someone else’s life,” he said. “We go into our own little towns and churches, and we tend to stay there. But in this event, we crossed all of these lines – city lines, our church lines, our income, our color – and came together as one.

Although no date has yet been set, the next community worship will likely take place in late August or September.

“Somewhere in the shade,” Naumann said.

Once finalized, the date will be posted on the Highland Lakes Crisis Network Facebook page. Naumann urged anyone interested to “like” the page so they will receive notifications about the date as soon as it is set.

“I thought it was pretty special,” Weems said of the most recent event. “It was a great night, the music was amazing, there was a big crowd. We’re going to do it again.

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