Prayer vigils begin in Rising Sun
— The first of what the faithful hope will be many walking prayer vigils began Wednesday night on East Main Street.
Fanning out to reach as much of Rising Sun as possible, the 45 prayer warriors divided into three
groups organized by Mike Brown.
“We prayed for protection, for removal of any generational curses that might be on this town,” Brown said. “We prayed for protection of the children and for the police.”
Brown said he felt God was calling him to this ministry and plans to go to Perryville next, eventually holding similar walking vigils all over Cecil County.
Groups stopped at Rising Sun Middle School, the Community Fire Company of Rising Sun, Howard Bank and Fairview Senior Apartments to pray specifically for the schools, the elderly, business and public safety.
“I’m humbled that you all want to do this,” Rising Sun Police Chief Francis “Chip” Peterson said, referring to the current political climate and adding that law enforcement officers are not used to being thanked personally for the work they do each day. “Thank you for praying for us. Together we’ll make a huge difference in this town.”
Rising Sun Mayor Travis Marion feels his town is now safer because of the prayers spoken over it Wednesday evening.
“I am so happy so many came out and prayed a hedge of protection over our officers,” Marion said. “With the rash of shootings around the nation, police are a target. We want Rising Sun to be a safe haven for police and let them know we have their backs.”
Those who participated in the walk were all ages including Desiree Miller from Port Deposit. The 14-yearold was eager to be a part of the event.
“I get a chance to be more connected to God,” she said. “I want to pray for people, make sure they’re safe and thank him for protecting them.”
Brown was impressed that so many children were involved.
“It’s one thing for adults to see what’s going on in the world and it’s another for kids to want to make a change,” Brown said.
Walking with his Bible open, Rodney Brewer prayed using specific scriptures including Romans 13:1, which reminds Christians to adhere to their local laws, while remembering that God is ultimately in control.
The Rev. Kelly Harrison, pastor of Way Of Life Community Church in Rising Sun, prayed for the law enforcement community, surrounded by officers from Rising Sun, North East and Elkton police departments.
“We ask for strength, protection and unity as they make hard decisions, complex decisions,” Harrison said.
While Brown is organizing the next walking vigil, Elkton Police Chaplain Joshua Leffew said there would be an opportunity for people to pray for Elkton on Saturday morning.
“All the Elkton churches are getting together to pray starting at 8 a.m. at the Presbyterian church,” Leffew said.
Brown’s next vigil will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Community of Perryville Fire Company station house on Route 7. All are welcome to join the walk, Brown said.
Mike Brown said he felt God was calling him to pray in each town in Cecil County. The Rising Sun man started in Rising Sun Wednesday evening, praying over the town’s police as well as North East, represented by Chief Darrell Hamilton and Elkton Police, represented by Chaplain Joshua Leffew.
One of three groups of people that traveled through Rising Sun Wednesday evening to pray for the town stop in front of Rising Sun Middle School.