Joint worship service planned

Eight churches join forces for May 25 Unite Englewood event

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Those attending the 2012 Unite Englewood worship service join hands and form a circle to pray for their neighbors, the city and its leaders. This year's Unite Englewood event will be May 25 on the high school baseball field.
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Staff and members of eight Englewood churches join forced May 25 for this year's Unite Englewood worship service being held at Harry Wise baseball field.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and the agenda includes music, performance art, worship and testimonies. A free barbecue will follow the services.

“We are hoping we'll have about 1,000 people join us for the service,” said T.J. Harris, pastor of Mosiac Church. “This event isn't about denomination, it's about praising and worshiping God and praying for unity in our community. This is a cooperative event. For example, we will have a worship team made up of members from several churches providing the music.”

Steve Scott, pastor of Living Branch Church, brought a personal invitation to the event when he spoke to the Englewood City Council at the May 19 meeting.

“This is our fifth year putting on an event to bring people together to worship together and to pray for our leaders, our community and our nation,” he said. “This event is about serving our community and each other. This year's theme is being good neighbors.”

He said those planning to attend should bring a chair or a blanket. He also said he hopes everyone will stay and get to know each other while having a free lunch at the barbecue.

Maggie Masterson said she has attended the event for the past three years and always looks forward to it.

“A friend had to convince me to go the first time I attended the worship service because I didn't think it would be the sort of service I prefer,” the 67-year-old former Englewood resident said. “Three years ago, I didn't know what to expect. I found it was a powerful experience. I went again last year and it was even stronger. I can't wait for this year's worship service.”