The people in the pews at FCCF wanted what was God’s will for the church, though we came at it from opposing perspectives. Our prayers were sincere and heartfelt for restoration and unity. Oh, the irony that I would be asked to publicly pray in the sanctuary. I graciously accepted the opportunity.
From the book:
“One of my friends requested a prayer meeting time slot from the executive minister and was given the go ahead to have her prayer gathering on May 31. She asked me to prepare a section of it, and I accepted the opportunity. The executive minister permitted us to use the sanctuary for the meeting but neglected to clear it with Steve. We prayed through the ACTS of prayer: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication. I stood before those who accepted the invitation to the meeting to give my part of the presentation in full view of Steve. Anger narrowed his eyes and twisted his face. It was my turn to stand on the stage overlooking his seat to pray for the church that he wanted to dominate. The abuser’s eyes showed no appreciation for the prayers or what they represented to the people in the pews.” (Taylor, Joy S., A View from the Pews — The Inside Story of a Broken Church, 2022, Lily of the Valley Publishing, Santa Claus IN, p. 109.)
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