Faith Briefs July 3, 2014

Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 01:44 PM.

Clergy offer coastal blessing at lighthouse

On Sunday, June 1 at the Crooked River Lighthouse, four local clergy participated in the annual Coastal Blessing service, offering prayers for the safety of the community during the present hurricane season.

Pastor Ron Barks of the Assembly of God church, Mother Phoebe McFarlin of the Episcopal Church of the Ascension, Pastor Mark Collins, from the Carrabelle Christian Center , and Pastor Byron Sherman, from the First Baptist Church , raised their various voices in praise and prayer for another year of leniency during the stormy time of the year.

Following the clergy, volunteer Dan Cox read a traditional Native American blessing, acknowledging the humility of man before the power of nature.

Afterwards, while all were gathered in the meeting room for refreshments, a new neighbor, Jeanne Van Pelt, arrived to tell how much she enjoyed hearing the prayers and blessings, along with the music. She and her husband have rented the Rocha house directly behind the property, and she had a great view of the proceedings from the upstairs balcony. Another hurricane season has begun; may the calm prevail.


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