Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church

Grounded in prayer


Photo by Paula Lindblom

Worshippers literally will always stand on the Words of God at East Cross UMC in Bartlesville. A remodeling project is under way, and the congregation is writing biblical verses on the concrete floor. As they write, they pray for all the people who will use the facility and be impacted by the church’s ministries. Pictured are mother and daughter Kay and Kary Ruehlen. At one entryway, "Welcome all children" was inscribed. Some people pen favorite Scriptures, and the Prayer Group compiled a list of suggested verses. If a selection is lengthy, several people may take turns to complete it. Special ink pens are used, and helpers assist people with physical challenges. Carpet and tile will cover the verses, but the words will remain to form a firm foundation for East Cross’ witness. Emery Mason is senior pastor at the church.


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