Pastor: 'It's going to take all of us to make the bleeding stop'

Community gathers to pray for peace, an end to violence

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Two homicides over the weekend in Syracuse and another in Cleveland making headlines after a gunman shared his crime on social media – all prompting a night of prayer.

Neighbors gathered at Tucker Missionary Baptist Church Monday to pray for peace as some ask for answers – when will the violence stop? Who will end it?

“We put a lot of the pressure on the chief of police and the mayor, but they’re only two individuals leading different departments,” said Rev. DeCarto Draper Jr., senior pastor at Tucker Missionary Baptist Church. "It’s going to take all of us to make the bleeding stop.”

Draper says prayer leads to guidance.

“Here’s the reality. That could have been your husband….could have been your father,” Draper said to the group.

Draper says he was not expecting a large crowd Monday night, but he says the mission for the more than 20 people gathered is to spread the message of hope, healing and change to end the violence in the streets of Syracuse.

Other prayers shared on Monday night:

“We thank you for everything you have done, Father God. We thank you Lord for the eye-opener, for waking us up God – for not thinking that everything was OK.”

“We use this power now to declare an end of violence, God. An end to misunderstandings in the streets, God. We use this word, God, to declare Father God, this end of war.”

“We ask you, Father God, to break the bondage that Syracuse has been under…that spirit of depression and rejection and hopelessness, God. We’re asking right now, God, that you send forth your healing and your deliverance.”

For more information about Tucker Missionary Baptist Church, click here.

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