HEMET – A local group, ‘Praying Hands Across Hemet’, has invited members from throughout the community, people of any and all faiths to come out and join them this Sunday Jan. 8 for a short ceremony of lifting up their community, community leaders, law enforcement, fire and medical personnel, and citizens. The event is set to gather at the corner of E. Florida Avenue and San Jacinto Street at 3:30 p.m.
Rosie Bubley, one of the event coordinators for Praying Hands Across Hemet says all are welcome and encouraged to bring their friends, family, and others they fellowship with.
“What we do is pray for our community, our police and fire departments, our children, our schools, our elderly citizens, and our community as a whole,” Bubley explained. “We pray with anyone and everyone needing prayer – all of whom have been affected directly or indirectly by the violence, poverty, and other issues that have brought so much change to our community.”
“All churches, all faiths, everyone from the community are encouraged to participate and help us pray against the violence that has settled in our town,” Bubley stated. “We are stepping up in public and helping others to do the same; so our community has an open, safe, and public place to seek and receive prayer.”
Bubley explained that we all know the dangers we face in the community. Danger from criminals, from natural disasters, from traffic accidents, from depression, from financial distress, from hunger, and from homelessness.
“We need to pray for our law enforcement officers and our leaders, and for our community groups that work so hard to keep our community informed about crime and how it effects where we live, moment by moment,” Bubley said. “What they do is to not only help keep us safe, but they give us peace of mind through difficult and challenging times; so we need to lift them up and put them in God’s protection.”
Bubley said participating in events such as this are important because, “It seems since God has been taken out of government entities and organizations such as our schools, our courts, and other public groups, that people have forgotten the most important things in life. Things such as simple human kindness, respect, and compassion for others.”
“Life just seems so different now, without remembering our faith,” Bubley stated.
“People seem to have lost their way and can’t handle tragedy as well as if they had known about faith,” Bubley explained. “To me God isn’t about a single religion, it’s about a personal relationship that never leaves me lonely, always gives me strength and hope, and keeps love in my heart.”
“Prayer has proven over and over to be a strong solution to any problem and when we lift up our prayers in numbers, it’s a guarantee our prayers are going to be heard and answered,” Bubley said. “The interaction we all get from this type of fellowship is priceless.”
“People we all know and love and care about are hurting,” Bubley explained. “For some who are hurting, all I had to offer them was my faith in God and a prayer for them, but it gave them – and me – such comfort. I just want to promote that we all have prayer available to us.”
“So, please join us for this community event that allows every single individual to join hands with another person, to lift our prayers in unison, and to make a difference as we give praise to an awesome God,” Bubley enthused. “Please step up and come support our community in prayer. 30 minutes is all the time we ask for.”
Bubley has invited anyone and everyone, regardless of individual faith or religious denomination to come out and join Praying Hands Across Hemet. They will pray with and for anyone who shows up. “It’s about sharing the strength and comfort God has for everyone of us,” Bubley said.
You don’t have to be comfortable going to church, according to Bubley. This is less about church or organized religion and much more about simple faith.
“Praying Hands Across Hemet is just about bringing a community together and letting people know we can be all here for each other,” Bubley continued. “Without pressure. Without expectation. Without an agenda.”
For more information about this event, feel free to contact Bubley at (951) 973-1112 or visit Praying Hands Across Hemet’s Facebook page.
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Trevor Montgomery spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg in an off-duty accident.
During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations, including the Robert Presley Detention Center, the Southwest Station in Temecula, the Hemet Station, and the Lake Elsinore Station, along with many other locations.
Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, Personnel and Background Investigations and he finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator.
Trevor has been married for more than 26 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and has 13 children and 12 – soon to be 13 – grandchildren.