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'One Church' worships on Samford Lawn

<p>Samford Hall in Auburn, Ala.</p>

Samford Hall in Auburn, Ala.

A group of individuals have come together to host “Worship on the Lawn: One Body. One Church. One God.” tomorrow night, intended to unite people from all churches and backgrounds in the Auburn-Opelika area.

The event will take place tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Samford Lawn. Hannah Lester, who helped coordinate the event, said the event is free of charge and anyone who would like to attend is welcome.

“I encourage anyone to come, any age,” she said. “It’s going to be casual. There is no obligation to do anything you are uncomfortable with. If you don’t want to worship, hey, it’s Samford Lawn — just sit and observe. If you don’t want to pray, trust me, no one is going to force that on you. Come and participate to your comfort level.” 

Lester said the purpose of Worship on the Lawn is to inspire a revival in Auburn, Opelika and Lee County. The event itself was the idea of Savannah Woodall and Russell Goldfinger, who wanted to see a community-wide worship night take shape, Lester said.

“The rest of us caught their enthusiasm and jumped on board to help, but God is in and through this,” she said. “This is all Him, and the point is that we are just obedient to His word.”

Some aspects of this worship night will include a time of worship, space for prayer and the reading of biblical scripture. Opportunities for baptism, a public confession of faith through immersion in water, and communion, the breaking of bread, will be available as well. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs as seating will not be provided. 

This is the first year that Worship on the Lawn has been held. However, Lester said the group hopes “to see it here in Auburn again or even replicated in cities across the country” in the future. 

“Good things happen when God’s people come together in prayer and worship,” Lester said. “That’s what we hope to see Saturday – God’s people coming together in prayer and worship.”

More information can be found on the event’s page on the Auburn-Opelika Tourism website or its Facebook page.

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