Again, thanks to Ginny, who did most of the research for us for the City of Clay.
- Mayor – Charles Webster
- Located in northeastern Jefferson County
- Incorporated June 6, 2000
- Named for the type of soil found there
- According to their official “Welcome to the City of Clay” sign on their website, the community was established circa 1818
- Churches were the only institution in its earliest days, and therefore became the tool that brought the community together
- Mt. Calvary Presbyterian Church, founded in 1807, according to one source, is the oldest Protestant congregation in the State of Alabama
- The first post office was opened in 1878. The postmaster named the area Clay at that time.
- On January 23, 2012, an EF3 tornado severely damaged or destroyed over 200 homes in Clay
- **Cool personal tidbit, my sister-in-law is from one of the earliest known families to settle in the area that would become the city of Clay
Ephesians 1:18-20 – “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him in the heavenly places”
Father, we praise You for Your power that was on display when You raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him in the heavenly places, thereby making an open display over the rulers and powers (Col. 2:15), and securing for us a place in Your family, and allowing us to be seated with Christ. We are so grateful it is only by grace through faith, and not of works, not only so that no one can boast, but also so that our salvation can rest secure in You.
We pray for this city that was built around the local congregations and churches. We pray that You would enlighten the hearts of the citizens and leaders of Clay, so that they may know the calling You have placed on each one of them, and that it would bring them hope even in the face of great adversity. We ask that they would also discover the rich grace and fellowship that can be found in the Body of Christ. For those that have found the opposite to be true, either because of wolves in sheep’s clothing or because of bad choices of fallen people, we pray that by Your grace, their hearts would be healed, and they would experience the love, belonging, and support a healthy, Christ-following church will provide. Lord, may Your Church in Clay be where people experience the greatness of Your power toward those who believe. Let people experience saving grace, power to deliver, heal, redeem, restore, transform – all the things that Jesus conquered.
We also pray for Mayor Webster and the city council to seek You while You may be found. Enlighten the eyes of their hearts to know You personally. Grant them the grace they need to lead well. May they enjoy every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph. 1:3), and let those blessings overflow to how they lead their cities, their lives, and their homes.
In the name of Jesus, which is above every name, Amen.
What is the Lord leading you to pray for Clay today?