Andrew Tome is a pastor with his own church. But he walked into another church asking to have a service there.
"It's a return to the days of (apostles) Peter and Paul of the Bible and how they traveled around from church to church helping other churches, not just their own," said Tome, 29, pastor of Lighthouse Fellowship in Red Lion.
Tome will hold an Awakening Hope worship service from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at New Beginning Assembly of God, 233 W. Jackson St. in Spring Grove.
"I agree with (Tome)," said Jeffrey Higgins, New Beginning's pastor. "We would like to see (more) churches working together for something good, something positive."
The event is in memory of the terrorist attacks in the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001, and is designed to inspire hope for America's future.
"I hope people who attend keep fresh in mind what happened on 9/11 and leave with a deeper understanding of the hope they can have whenever they think of 9/11 and in any future tragedy there may be," Higgins said.
The event also is a sequel to the Advancing Honor rally Tome had at Sovereign Bank Stadium in May 2011.
"Advancing Honor had to do with
bringing together political people," he said. "With Awakening Hope, I want to bring together people of faith with a focus on faith and hope, especially this time of the year when people's hearts are soft because of 9/11 (anniversary)."
At the event: Awakening Hope will feature a video presentation commemorating the Sept. 11 attacks, inspirational music and brief speeches from Tome and Higgins.
Tome said he plans to get either a police chief or local emergency services official to talk about the courage it takes to do their jobs.
"I want them to share what it means to run into a burning building or into line of fire or to deal with a crime scene," Tome said. "They put their lives on the line every day, and we need to hear from them."
Tome said that while the event is free and open to the public, he hopes York County pastors will attend and be inspired to do ministry projects to benefit other churches in their communities.
The minister said he is grateful that Higgins agreed to have New Beginnings Assembly of God host the event.
A free-will offering will be taken to help the congregation continue ministry, including outreach and youth activities in its community.
"I know there are faithful people there doing faithful work, hard work," Tome said. "Pastors need to come out of their own churches and see about other churches. When churches do this for each other miracles will happen, revival will happen."
-- Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at firstname.lastname@example.org.