Three members of the clergy and a judge will be guest speakers at a "Cry Out America" prayer service Wednesday morning at North Highland Assembly of God Church in Columbus.
"We will be remembering those who lost their lives in the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001," Chaplain Joyce Owens said of the Patriot Day event.
Owens is the Muscogee County coordinator for Cry Out America, a grass roots prayer and renewal movement seeking to unite American citizens and every church in prayer for a Christ awakening. It is a ministry of the Awakening America Alliance.
Services such as the one at North Highland on Whittlesey Blvd., which begins at 10:30 a.m., will be held across the nation. Owens believes this is the first time Columbus has played a part.
Last year, approximately 260,000 people in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands participated.
Speaking at the event, which Owens said is open to everyone, will be the Rev. Dennis Lacy, the Rev. Larry Biggers, the Rev. Judy Anderson and Columbus Recorder's Court Judge Michael Joyner.
Owens said she is grateful to Lacy for opening up North Highland for the event.
"We will be praying for our leaders, our nation, our families and first responders," Owens said. "We will be praying for a spiritual awakening for America as we join others across America that will be participating in similar prayer services at churches, courthouses and other meeting places throughout the country."
In a news release, the Rev. Kay Horner, the national Cry Out America coordinator, said, "We not only remember the tragic loss following the terrorist attacks of 2001, but we also remember the early American patriots who fought and sacrificed so that we can be a nation with freedom to worship God without government restrictions.
"If we will do our part to help restore the godly foundations of the nation today, we will redeem future generations from oppressive forces that would try to extinguish the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives."