The Grand Concourse church in Bronx, New York, celebrated its third anniversary of the launch of the 7-7-7 Prayer Line (or Prayer Conference, as it is also called) on April 6. Members from sister churches Wakefield and Mamaroneck, and other guests attended. Hundreds tuned in via the prayer line, active for the occasion, and still more tuned in via the church’s online stream of its worship services.
Desmond Haye, pastor of the Wakefield and Mamaroneck churches in the Bronx and Mamaroneck, respectively, presented the Sabbath message, entitled “Whirlwind,” which focused on the importance of prayer during the whirlwinds of life. The congregation was blessed by music from Judy Peart, Dawn Samuels, and Advent Melodies.
An afternoon program included more music, prayer, and contemplation on God’s goodness. Founding members told the story of the prayer line. Current prayer-line presenters shared the focus of the inspirational messages given during their time slots, and certain prayer conference participants spoke of the blessings they experienced and changes in their lives because of the prayer line.
Many people had a part in making this dream a reality when the 7-7-7 Prayer Line launched on April 2, 2013. Included among them was Paul Smith, elder, who shared how the idea of the prayer line came about; Burnett Robinson, Grand Concourse church pastor; Desmond Haye, and Icilda Scott, elder. Many people have supported the prayer line throughout the past three years, including the current presenters, pastors Robinson and Haye, Icilda Scott, Esther Strachan, elder; Sylvia Ellis, Stacey Ann Haye, Gladstone Jackson, Angella Johnson, Ulett Chambers-Wilson, Ricardo Reid, pastor; Karen Bailey, Joel Pike, Dottice Brown, and Lucille Bridgewater.
“We have witnessed the sick being healed, discouraged hearts being encouraged, and battles fought and won on our knees. We have come to embrace the solemn fact that there is power in prayer. Through the 7-7-7 Prayer Conference, we have made friends for eternity. We have encouraged, empowered, and affirmed people as they journey by faith to the kingdom,” said Haye.
“The Lord strong and mighty in battle has been our leader and guide on the 7-7-7 Prayer Line for the last three years,” Robinson said. “Testimonies abound of battles fought and victories won. Demons have been exorcized, healing has taken place, we have prayed for victories in examinations, sought intervention in [various] matters, and we have seen deliverance.”
The prayer line operates seven days a week, at 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, except for Wednesday evenings and Sabbath mornings. To join the prayer line, call (319) 527-4218.
Ann Slaughter, clerk, Grand Concourse church