For Winchester: Pastors make prayer video

Several Clark County pastors have come together to make a YouTube video to encourage and uplift the community during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I know every pastor and ministry leader endorses the sentiment behind this video — and that is, we are better together, we are better when we go to the feet of Jesus in prayer,” said Tony Stang.

The Easter season video was the of Stang, president of the local Association of Churches and pastor of First Baptist Church on Lexington Avenue, who then reached out to the other pastors.

It features each of them praying lines from the Lord’s Prayer, also known as “Our Father.”

“I thought it would be meaningful for pastors to unite and lift up (the community) in prayer through the Lord’s Prayer” by making a video, Stang said.

“I think we’re better together,” he said. “We have to remember whose kingdom it is … we’re building.”

The video begins with printed words from Psalm 120:1, which say “I call on the Lord in my distress, and he hears me.”

Following that is a message asking God to move in “our city,” nation and world.

“The God who creates all things and sustains all things invites us to call on him in prayer,” Pastor Scott Ogle of Central Baptist Church says. “Therefore, prayer is powerful.”

The Rev. Jerry Johns says “there is great power” when people come together to pray.

Among other pastors who are featured reading lines from the Lord’s Prayer from their homes or other places are Todd Rader, Jim Trimble, Billy Keller, Whit Criswell, Mike McCormick, Jeff Gaines, Wayne McNiel, Michael Smith and Stang.

The video is part of the “Be the Church” campaign.

It can be viewed at

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