ROGERSVILLE — Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation and to commemorate the event, and to bring people of all faiths in the community closer together, a prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. at St. Henry Catholic Church.

According to those helping to plan the event, Prayers for Unity will be offered asking God to “bring the churches of our community, region and nation more closely together”.

“Can we even imagine our God looking down from heaven at a divided church and longing to see his people come together?” said Ellen McCoy, who is helping to plan the service.

The beginning of the Reformation Movement began the division of the church into denominations which historically have worked apart from each other and often in competition.

This service will bring together local pastors and lay persons to read scriptures and pray, asking God to heal this division and bring churches to work together in unity both locally and nationally.

While the service is being held at St. Henry, the program and service is being planned by members of the Area Church Council of Rogersville.

Persons of all faiths, and all churches, are invited and are assured that the service time will be an hour or less.