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Faithful pray for oil cleanup while continuing to count blessings.

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Across the Mississippi coast, people of faith are asking for divine intervention in the oil leak crisis. Governor Haley Barbour proclaimed Sunday as Day of Prayer to remember everyone affected by the Deepwater Horizon accident. 

Sunday morning worship service is a time for people to lift their hearts in praise. Rev. Harold Roberts of the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Biloxi worries now that oil is in the Mississippi Sound, the emotional burden is causing coast residents to have heavy hearts.

"As long as it's flowing, it sits there every day and really has got people down," said Rev. Roberts.

The pastor told the congregation that giving so much focus to what's going wrong in the Gulf that they forget to count our blessing goes against the Gospel.

Rev. Harold Roberts said, "We're called to bring a mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.  To not live by fear, but with hope and conviction. I think that's a really important message. We'd do well to focus on other things and other blessings that are so much a part of life around us. Try to find a happier way of being a community. "

Church members said their hopes for getting through this oil crisis are not in booms or skimmers but in the Lord.

"God is the answer," said Jan Goff. "God is the answer to our prayers to everything we do and say."

Yvonne McGrath said, "We coast people are a strong type of people. We pulled ourselves up by our bootstraps after Katrina. We kept going because we love our home. I know that we'll do the same thing with whatever type of oil hits on our beaches and how it affects our wildlife."

"I think it's absolutely necessary that we all get together and we all pray," said Margot Swetman. "Not just to help rid the oil spill but for our own peace. For our own selves. "

The congregation prayed for the 11 people who lost their lives in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

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