New Yorkers will meet for the eighth annual “Marathon of Prayer & Praise” at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, which is located directly on the Marathon route (Mile 3.5), 4th Avenue & Ovington Avenue, Brooklyn. “Our church is at one of the earliest points in the race where all participants join together to run on the same route,” noted Rev. Paul Knudsen, pastor of Bethlehem LC. “It’
An appropriately high-carb breakfast will kick off the event at 8:30AM, followed by singing, and cheering on of the runners from the front steps of the church. Outdoor music will be provided by the Young Acolytes Symphonic Steel Orchestra from St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, under the direction of the award winning international music legend, Rudy Bishop. At 11:30 the ecumenical worship service will be held in Bethlehem’s sanctuary.
Rev. Knudsen will preside and the Rev. Forrest Parkinson of the interdenominational Community Church of East Williston (Long Island) will preach at the service. Music will also be provided by the Choir of Union Church of Bay Ridge. A free-will offering is appreciated to defray the cost of the breakfast.
Other churches participating include the Bay Ridge United Church, Bethlehem Lutheran Church, and Union Church of Bay Ridge.