8th Annual “Marathon of Prayer & Praise”

The Borough of Churches Comes Together for an Inter-Denominational Service on November 4th for the NYC Marathon
 
 
Young Acolytes Steel Drums at the Marathon of Prayer & Praise
Young Acolytes Steel Drums at the Marathon of Prayer & Praise
Oct. 31, 2012 - PRLog -- On Marathon Sunday, November 4th, Brooklyn churches are giving new life to “The Borough of Churches” at New York City’s only inter-denominational service to send the runners off with their prayers and support.  

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’s a nice unifying image to have all these churches coming together, just as the runners are coming together.”

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.
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