Tuscaloosa businesses turn to power of prayer

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A Tuscaloosa church used part of its 10:30 a.m. service to anoint and pray over 40 pieces of business stationery as members asked God to help those companies and their employees.

George Birmingham, the student pastor at Tuscaloosa Church of God, asked members who brought stationery to Sunday's service to join him at a table in the center of the sanctuary.

He then placed sweet-scented olive oil on their hands and anointed each piece of stationery.

The prayer requests came from employees and business owners.

Birmingham said most of the stationery was from Tuscaloosa-area businesses, but there was also stationery from businesses around the Southeast.

Some businesses called or e-mailed, asking that their company or employer be included.

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