Located in Jefferson and Shelby Counties
Mayor Alberto C. Zaragoza, Jr.
Named for the 20-acre estate of former Birmingham mayor George B. Ward
- Mansion was completed in 1925
- Patterned after the Temple of Vesta in Rome
- Had a gazebo patterned after the Temple of Sybil in Tivoli
- After his death, the mansion was purchased by Vestavia Baptist Church; the gazebo was moved to a spot on the Red Mountain Expressway, overlooking Birmingham.
Estate was developed into a residential suburb in 1946 on the southern flank of Shades Mountain
Incorporated as a city on Nov. 8, 1950
Vestavia Hills’ school system is one of the best in the state
Psalm 121 has been on my mind a lot for a while now, and because of the first verse, it seems appropriate to use for this city.
Psalm 121 – “I will lift up my eyes to the hills; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.”
Lord God, thank You for being our constant help. You reign on high, and You are the Creator of heaven and earth. How is it that we doubt Your power and strength to come to our aid? You are our source of strength and our help. All of our hope is in You.
Today we lift up the City of Vestavia Hills to You, and we declare that You are the One True God over Vestavia Hills. You have established this city according to Your good pleasure and will, and we pray that You would continue to keep this city. Protect the city and its inhabitants from evil. We pray for protection over every person as they enter the city, and for every person who exits the city. We pray that You would establish the steps of the righteous in this city, and bring down the wicked so that they might be undone to the point of repentance and putting their trust in You as their Savior and Lord. May Salvation come to every home in Vestavia Hills.
We pray for Mayor Alberto Zarogoza. Thank You, Lord, for his many years of service to this city in different capacities. We pray that he would keep his eyes on You, acknowledging Your hand in all matters pertaining to his city and his life. We pray that You would keep Mayor Zarogoza, and all those who help lead and serve this city, from evil and harm. Lead them in the way of salvation for Your name’s sake. Grant them humility, wisdom, provision, and discernment to lead well. We pray for the unity of the Holy Spirit to reside in every meeting, and give them grace to work together in one accord.
Heavenly Father, I also pray that You would raise up the intercessors from this city to stand as “watchmen on the walls” not only over their great city of Vestavia Hills, but also over the city of Birmingham and other surrounding municipalities and communities. I pray that the churches in this city would be able to establish a vibrant, dynamic culture of prayer in their midst, which in turn would help ignite the Body of Christ throughout Vestavia and the metro-Birmingham area. (I know this is a weird thing to pray in this context of praying for a city, but I have this picture of people in that gazebo on Red Mountain praying over their city and over Birmingham/Homewood. Wouldn’t that be SO cool to do??)
We pray all of this to the God who never slumbers or sleeps, and who watches over all that we do. Selah.
Most of us are very familiar with Vestavia Hills, I’m thinking. What do you want to ask the Lord for on behalf of this city?