National Day of Prayer ceremony in Gulfport

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Fayetteville's annual National Day of Prayer service will be held at 12 noon on the Courthouse lawn Thursday, May 4.

As its own website tells us, the National Day of Prayer traces its roots all the way back to 1775, when the First Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer to ask the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a new nation.

Organizers will host the 6 p.m. event on the square of the historic Lowndes County Courthouse in Downtown Valdosta.

Margaret Jackson said it was an awesome event and like others, she believes it was necessary.

"Things seem to be in an upheaval in our country, but we know we have a God that hears and answers prayer", said Janice Bartles of the Greencastle-Antrim Women's Fellowship, which sponsored the events along with the Greencastle-Antrim Ministerium. "Regardless of what side of the isle you fall on politically, at the end of the day we all want our leaders to be successful and ultimately we want peace. We have a mayor who is a believer, and he loves his God, and he is guided by God when he makes decisions".

Persida Moran, James Bradford and Oliver McMahan will lead in prayers for God to unite His church. Daviess County National Day of Prayer secretary Alice Fitzgerald conducted the prayer for our nation, asking for God to heal our land.

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A National Day of Prayer event is also being held at Central Christian Church in Wichita.

Pastor Todd Crusenberry, of Community Baptist Church, opened the service with a Bible passage from the book of Daniel - the national theme for this year's observance. We see in Acts that there were appointed times and places for prayer. At the breakfast and rally, different pastors from the area will pray over specific requests involving national, state and local needs; education; and protection for first responders.

"I pray that you would bless the small business of Greencastle", she said. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation calling for a day of "humiliation, fasting and prayer".

This, the 66th annual national observance, officially began in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

Southerland who attended the afternoon prayer session says she developed a relationship with God seven years ago.

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