"We're praying that the hopelessness will disappear in the city of Lansing," Pastor Walter Gibson at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church says simply of the idea of a Day of Prayer, held Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Lansing.
It is the opposite of hopelessness, organizers say, and the opposite of the violence that took Ruth Hallman's life. Though the day was set before her murder in the Genesse Neighborhood last week, it was a subject many of the people who participated in the day prayed on.
"I prayed for love. We need a lot of love," Penny Green said.
"We have a part because this is our community," Trinity AME Church Minister Marinell White says of the duty of prayer, " I think we should do our part to help the community solve the problems we are having."
The community-wide Day of Rrayer was organized by the Capital City Community Action Network as a response to need in the city in general.
"It just took a few people making some calls and saying this is something we as city need to do," Pastor Gibson says.
The topics to pray on were wide-ranging. At group prayer at 6 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest, Pastor Gibson asked the congregation to move around the room. He'd designated sections to pray for government officials, soldiers, education, families and more.
"We have not been forgotten, God has not forgotten Lansing," he said. "No matter who you are, there is one thing we can do together. We can all pray."