Week of Blessings kicks off May 21

The Destin Log
Father Mike Hesse speaks a word of blessing over the Best Offer during last year's Blessing of the Fleet held on Destin harbor. More than 150 boats participated in last year's event. [TINA HARBUCK/THE LOG]

Local churches will unite to make sure the community is blessed in every aspect at the upcoming Week of Blessings.

From Sunday, May 21, through Thursday, May 25, Destin churches will participate in various blessing and prayer activities throughout the city. 

“We are focusing on the Lord’s week and helping others who are not quite there on their faith,” said the Rev. Mike Hesse from the Church of Destin.

On Sunday, the week kicks off with the blessing of the families. Churches will call forth families and pray for them.

On Monday, the citywide of prayer and fasting will take place with a special meeting at Shoreline Church at 12 p.m. and on Tuesday pastors will go out in teams and pray throughout the community.

“Prayer teams will visit schools, the fire station, the sheriff’s office, hospitals and other important institutions and pray over them.” Hesse said.

On Wednesday, over 400 business owners and representatives will gather for lunch during the blessing of the marketplace starting at 11:30 a.m. at the Destin United Methodist Church.

“We will also have a blessing of the youth, where kids can come aboard the Buccaneer Pirate ship at 6 p.m. and enjoy free food, games, worship and a time of blessing,” Hesse said.

The Buccaneer will remain docked during evening behind Margaritaville.

The youth are also encouraged to wear their Week of Blessings T-shirts to school.  

The big event will take place on Thursday with the 60th annual Blessing of the Fleet starting at 4 p.m. at the Destin Fishing Fleet Marina, behind Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer.

“We will be blessing individuals who are making a living from the sea,” Hesse added. “Those include captains, mates and passengers.”

Boats line up and parade along the harbor and get blessed for safe sea passage. Visitors and participates will also enjoy a fish fry after the blessing and prayers.

Immanuel Anglican Church’s Pastor Caleb Miller said this is the one week of the year were churches get together and pray for the community.

“I have been a pastor at other places and have never seen something like this,” Miller said. “This is something very special and unique.”