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Governor Riley declares Sunday a day of prayer over Gulf oil disaster

By Katie Herrera

BIRMINGHAM,AL ( WBRC) - Governor Bob Riley declared Sunday as a "Day of Prayer," encouraging Alabamians to pray for the well-being of people who have been impacted by the BP oil disaster.

                Local churches were quick to answer Riley's call.

                "I was elated to hear that our governor had called the church world and Alabama to prayer," said Pastor Steven Green of More Than Conquerors Faith Church. "The church is a house of prayer. So when we heard the call, it was just right in line with what we were doing. Prayer is powerful."

                 Pastor Green dedicated a segment of his sermon for the Gulf Coast and all of Alabama. Ministers kneeled at the altar while church members raised their hands to the heavens. Together, the church prayed for all affected by the spill.

Governor Bob Riley declared Sunday as a "Day of Prayer," encouraging Alabamians to pray for the well-being of people who have been impacted by the BP oil disaster.

                Local churches were quick to answer Riley's call.

                "I was elated to hear that our governor had called the church world and Alabama to prayer," said Pastor Steven Green of More Than Conquerors Faith Church. "The church is a house of prayer. So when we heard the call, it was just right in line with what we were doing. Prayer is powerful."

                 Pastor Green dedicated a segment of his sermon for the Gulf Coast and all of Alabama. Ministers kneeled at the altar while church members raised their hands to the heavens. Together, the church prayed for all affected by the spill.

                At Cross Bridge Church of Christ, members bowed their heads as leaders said a special prayer.

                The oil spill hits close to home for Cross Bridge Pastor Gary Brantley. He is from Pensacola. But Sunday, he used the oil spill as a lesson for his followers.

                "Many times human beings forget that we are created, we are not creators. And I think many times because of that, our arrogance actually threatens creation," said Brantley.

                It's a lesson he says is also for leaders.

                "I think for too many decades, God has been pushed out to the periphery, if not expunged. So, to invite the reality of people of faith being a part of all institutions is really good," said Brantley.

                Though Sunday was the designated day of prayer by Governor Riley, both churches called for continuous prayer for the Gulf Coast disaster.

  At Cross Bridge Church of Christ, members bowed their heads as leaders said a special prayer.

                The oil spill hits close to home for Cross Bridge Pastor Gary Brantley. He is from Pensacola. But Sunday, he used the oil spill as a lesson for his followers.

                "Many times human beings forget that we are created, we are not creators. And I think many times because of that, our arrogance actually threatens creation," said Brantley.

                It's a lesson he says is also for leaders.

                "I think for too many decades, God has been pushed out to the periphery, if not expunged. So, to invite the reality of people of faith being a part of all institutions is really good," said Brantley.

                Though Sunday was the designated day of prayer by Governor Riley, both churches called for continuous prayer for the Gulf Coast disaster.

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