Members of 13 local churches will host a community prayer service at the San Felipe Creek on Friday.

Pastor Martin Seca, of Del Rio’s Living Stone Worship Center, said the prayer event is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Dr. Alfredo Gutierrez Amphitheater.

“We are going to start at 8 and finish by about 10 or 11. All we are going to do is pray,” Seca said Wednesday, noting local churches have held events of this nature on several occasions in the past.

Seca refuted any suggestion the prayer event had been organized in reaction to a Del Rio Pride event scheduled at the amphitheater on Saturday.

“This event has nothing to do with that, absolutely nothing, and as I said, we’ve had several events like this in the past. Several years ago, we had an event at Ram Stadium that drew over 5,000 people,” he said.

Seca said participating churches and their members will pray for the community and its leaders.

“We’re going to be praying for our city. We’re going to be praying about leadership, about leadership overall. We’re going to be praying for family, always praying for family. We’re going to be praying for our churches and their pastors and the spiritual atmosphere here. We pray for healing, for people to be healed, and the last thing, we’re going to pray for is community, especially now with what’s going on with the immigrants coming in,” Seca said.

The pastor said he believes it is important for groups, whether of individuals of or churches, to gather in prayer.

“The word of God says to not forsake the assembly, to come together, first of all, to do a couple of things, and those couple of things are to pray together, sing together and to love our fellow man, and that’s why we get together,” Seca said.

He said everyone is welcome at the event, whether they are a member of a local church or not.

“We’d like everyone to come. We’re just going to pray; that’s it,” Seca said.

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