Detroit Police Chief, joins Greater Grace Temple for law enforcement appreciation

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Bishop Charles H. Ellis III (left), pastor of Greater Grace Temple, and Detroit Police Chief James Craig.
A local church held a “different” kind of church service Sunday morning.
A Michigan State Police vehicle on one side of the pulpit, police motorcycles parked on the other, and the pews filled with uniformed police officers and law enforcement personnel.
This took place at Greater Grace Temple’s seventeenth annual Law Enforcement Appreciation and Prayer Day, a service honoring and praying for law enforcement officers from around the greater Detroit area.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig joined an abundance of police officers, deputies, military personnel, firefighters, federal agents, and emergency personnel, along with their families who gathered at the church.
A number of judges and elected officials from across the metro Detroit were in attendance as well.
Every year Greater Grace Temple sets aside this day to honor and pray for the area’s law enforcement and emergency personnel. Bishop Charles H. Ellis III, pastor of Greater Grace Temple, says we must continue to offer encouragement and prayer for those who are accountable for maintaining peace in our communities.
“These officers lay their lives on the line daily to keep our communities safe, said Ellis. “We want to let them know their work is appreciated.”
Ellis began Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in 1999 following the tragic shootings of two Detroit police officers.
Civic leaders and concerned citizens took the time to honor Detroit metropolitan law enforcement personnel and offered a special prayer for their safety on the job.
Judge Lynise Bryant-Weekes, 36th District Court judge, says the service is a “conduit between law enforcement and community as we strive for peace.”
“In a time where America seems to be losing trust in law enforcement, this service lets first responders know that we appreciate their service and we are praying for their safety,” said Bryant-Weekes.
The service concluded with the officers participating in an anointing ceremony, symbolizing the conferring of God’s authority and protection upon their lives.
Following the service, each officer was invited to a special reception where they received a small gift of appreciation from the church.

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