MOORESVILLE – The Ecumenical Community Thanksgiving Prayer Service has been an annual tradition in town for a decade, beginning in 2008 as a way to show area churches’ unified commitment to serving the Mooresville community.
This year’s service will be held at St. Therese Catholic Church, and Pastor Mark Lawlor said he is looking forward to it.
“I personally think that it is great when Christians of the local area can come together to pray, sing, worship and to contribute to local charities,” Lawlor said by email. “As many of us are regularly busy with the duties of shepherding our flocks, I look forward to such community services.”
The prayer service usually follows a set format, but it can include elements from the hosting church’s worship style.
“Usually, the hosting pastor will offer a welcome to all those gathered, but another minister will preach the message,” Lawlor said. “Participating ministers may do a Scriptural reading, a prayer or introduce the charitable offering.”
The offerings gathered at this year’s service will go toward the Christian Mission and the Mooresville Soup Kitchen, as they did last year.
Lawlor was invited to preach the Thanksgiving message at last year’s service, which was held at Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
It was his first Thanksgiving service in Mooresville, as he became pastor of St. Therese’s in July 2017.
“I am very thankful for the kindness that was shown to me by the other ministers and by Williamson Chapel,” Lawlor said.
Williamson Chapel is participating again this year, along with six other churches – Fieldstone Presbyterian Church, Higher Purpose Church, Lake Norman Pastoral Care, St. Luke Greek Orthodox, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and Upper Praise Ministries.
The event is open to everyone, even if they do not attend one of the eight participating churches.