Alabamians Pause for Day of Prayer, Look for Way to Worship

Alabama churches pull together for worship as state pauses for “Day of Prayer” May 1, 2011.

This Sunday morning not only marks the beginning of a new month.  Four days after a tornado swept away many of Alabama’s communities, it’s a new day for dozens of Alabama’s churches where parishioners will be saying more prayers than usual today.

Gov. Robert Bentley

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has proclaimed May 1, 2011 a Day of Prayer for entire state.  Perhaps no place will those prayers be especially poignant than in churches in cities of Cullman and Tuscaloosa.

Cullman Churches All Impacted

Last week, ABC News’ Steve Osunsami visited four churches in Cullman that were all heavily damaged or destroyed in Wednesday’s tornadoes.

Eastside Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, First United Methodist Cullman and Christ Lutheran Church were all affected by the storm.

As Osunsami reported, church services won’t be taking place at those churches.

But, I’m sure those parishioners in Cullman will find a way to worship somewhere on this May 1st.

Osunsami noted Cullman was the place where “God did not spare his own house.”

Two Tuscaloosa Churches Move in Together

Here in Tuscaloosa, the West Highland Missionary Baptist Church, which before Wednesday afternoon was located at 628 29th Street,  was also destroyed.

Today, members of West Highland Baptist will hold their services at our church, Cornerstone Full Gospel Baptist Church, which the tornado missed by ONE BLOCK.

Both of these churches will be worshipping and holding weekly events in the same quarters for at least the next few weeks and months.

It’s not only a new month, but a new day for these two congregations who realize their call to pray and worship is as strong on May 1st after the storm as it was just a week ago before a tornado changed our community forever.

I’m happy to be among those Cornerstone members who will be welcoming our friends at West Highland to our quarters on University Place & Brooksdale Drive.

Author: George Daniels

George L. Daniels is an associate professor of journalism at the University of Alabama. After spending eight years in the local television newsroom working as a producer at stations in Richmond, Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Atlanta, Georgia, Daniels moved from the newsroom to the classroom. He’s conducted research on diversity issues in the media workplace and change in the television newsroom as well as media convergence. Before going to work in television news, Daniels worked briefly as a freelance writer for The Richmond Free Press in his hometown of Richmond, Va.

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