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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Gov. Stitt calls for 'Statewide Day of Prayer'

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Gov. Kevin Stitt has issued a proclamation declaring Thursday a “Statewide Day of Prayer” for all Oklahomans affected by COVID-19.

In conjunction with the focus on prayer, a group of Oklahoma faith leaders will gather for a special prayer and worship event titled “Let Hope Rise: Together In Prayer for Oklahoma." The event, hosted by the Rev. Michael Todd, willl be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Transformation Church in Tulsa, where Todd is pastor. The gathering will be televised live on channels KFOR channel 4, KOCO channel 5 and KWTV channel 9 in Oklahoma City and News On 6 in Tulsa. Viewers may also stream online at https://transformchurch.us/. In-person attendance will not be allowed in accordance with current social distancing guidelines.

"I know this is an uncertain or anxious time for many Oklahomans right now. That is why I believe it is important we join together as a state and pray for God’s blessing, protection and strength as we face a challenge that is unprecedented in its scope," Stitt said in a news release.

In addition to Todd of Transformation Church, the event will include the Rev. Craig and Amy Groeschel, founders and senior pastors of Edmond-based Life.Church; the Rev. Jamie Austin of Woodlake Church; the Rev. Herbert Cooper of People’s Church; the Rev. Paul Daugherty and the Rev. Sharon Daugherty of Victory Church; the Rev. Joel Harder, chaplain of the Oklahoma House of Representatives; the Rev. Alex Himaya of Battle Creek Church; the Rev. Doug Melton of Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City; and the Rev. Bill Scheer of Guts Church.

”The governor has maintained communication with Oklahoma faith leaders of all religious backgrounds throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. While on an update call with these faith leaders, the idea of a joint prayer event was discussed," Charlie Hannema, a spokesman for the governor, said Wednesday.

He said Thursday’s event is a result of grassroots efforts on the part of the leaders that stepped up and offered to put together the event. Hannema said the prayer gathering event is not hosted by Stitt — it is hosted by Transformation Church and Stitt has accepted an invitation to attend.

"In the governor’s proclamation, he encourages Oklahomans of all faiths and religious backgrounds to pray during tomorrow’s day of prayer," Hannema said.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt and first lady Sarah Stitt pray during the inaugural ball for Stitt at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

Gov. Kevin Stitt and first lady Sarah Stitt pray during the inaugural ball for Stitt at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. [Nate Billings/The Oklahoman]

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