A community prayer dedication

A community prayer dedication

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Marcy Grundner

A community prayer walk was recently dedicated at King of Kings Lutheran Church; the culmination of an Eagle Scout project accomplished by Matthew Keim and Boy Scout Troop 71.

The prayer walk, located on the church grounds at 8278 Oswego Road, Liverpool consisted of three stations and began at the front of the church under the cross and stained glass window. Wooden benches, built by the troop, were positioned at each station for prayer and meditation. The other two stations were located at the children's playground, and the wooden "frame" of a manger at the back of the parking lot which is used in December for the "Living Nativity" program which the community is also invited to attend for the re-telling of the story of Christ's birth.

The scouts also built small wooden boxes that are next to each bench which hold pamphlets explaining the walk and suggested thoughts and prayers. The

Rev. Dr. Paul Herpich, Pastor at King of Kings remarked in his sermon that, "prayer builds community" and "is consistent with the church's mission statement of being 'empowered by the grace and love of Jesus, we are committed to growing in faith with the community,'" according to marcy Grundner. "Matt has planned this walk with members of the congregation over the past two years." Herpich said. "We want our neighbors and friends to feel welcome to use this prayer walk for spiritual rest and contemplation and know that King of Kings is a part of their community," Herpich said.

Matthew Keim is the son of Doug and Joanne Keim of Phoenix, New York, and is a member of King of Kings Lutheran Church. He is the Valedictorian of his graduating senior class this year at Baker High School in Baldwinsville.

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