'Our hearts are heavy': Area churches to hold prayer rally June 5 at Magnolia High School

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A group of pastors of Magnolia-area churches are holding a prayer rally June 5 calling for healing and unity as division echoes across the nation, said Ed Seay, senior pastor of Magnolia's First Baptist Church.

"We've just been like everybody else watching what's been going on all over the nation with the tragic death of George Floyd [in Minnesota] and watching the marches all over the country. Our hearts are heavy for the African American community, for the safety of our police officers and just for the deep division there is in our nation," Seay said in a June 3 phone interview. "As pastors we feel like the greatest response is prayer. We just thought we would have this opportunity for the pastors of the community and the people of our community to come together."

Seay said pastors slated for the rally include those representing Magnolia's First, Believer's Fellowship in Magnolia, First Baptist Church Tomball, Gracepoint Fellowship Baptist Church, Magnolia Bible Church, Magnolia Cowboy Church, and Collective Church. All area pastors are invited, he said.

"It would be our desire to have both African American pastors; our Hispanic pastor ... will be there. We just hope it's going to be a cross-section of our community," Seay said. "Various pastors in the community will lead us in prayer, just to call on the Lord to protect our nation, to heal our nation and to bring unity."

The rally will be held at 7 p.m. in front of Magnolia High School, located at 14350 FM 1488, Magnolia. A sound system will be set up as well as an FM signal, so attendees can participate in the rally by social distancing or by parking and tuning in from their vehicles, Seay said.


"It's just a very simple prayer gathering just to call on the Lord to heal our land," he said. "I want to see our people come together, and they always do. In times of hardship, our community is so great about coming together, so we're hoping to see that."

Seay invited the community to attend the rally in a Facebook post June 2, shown below.

By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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