Community Thanksgiving service coming up Sunday at New Zion

The Greenwood Ministerial Association will hold its annual community-wide worship service on Sunday night at New Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Carrollton Avenue.

The service begins at 6 p.m.

The gathering is designed to bring together people from across the community to give thanks and to offer prayers for the upcoming year.

“All of Greenwood is invited,” said the Rev. Peter Gray of the Episcopal Church of the Nativity. Gray, as current president of the Ministerial Association, will preach at the multi-denominational event, which moves from one church to another across the city each year.

New Zion’s choir and music director will provide the music.

“This is a time for us to come together as a community,” said the Rev. Richard Owens of Westminster Presbyterian Church, one of the organizers. “We want people from north and south Greenwood, we want it to be multicultural and we’d like to see people attend from a variety of churches.”

Each pastor associated with the ministerial association will offer a prayer for one aspect of the community.

“We’ll give thanks for our public servants, our first responders,” Owens said. “We’ll offer prayers for our people, for our community, for children, for the poor and unemployed and for the upcoming year.”

Among those ministers participating are Owens and Gray; the Rev. Calvin Collins of New Zion; Bishop Milton Glass of New Green Grove Church of Faith; the Rev. Ricky Wheat of North Greenwood Baptist Church; Lt. Jamaal Ellis of The Salvation Army; the Rev. Juanita Cook of Barwick United Methodist Church; the Rev. Brady Canright of First Baptist Church; the Rev. Jessie Payne of Providence Missionary Baptist; and Father Cam Janas, a priest at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church.

New Zion Church is at 726 Carrollton Ave. Child care will be provided.

Contact Kathryn Eastburn at 581-7235 or