Dozens gather in Harmon Park for National Day of Prayer

But on the National Day of Prayer, each denomination is represented under one roof, for one objective.

A scene from last year's National Day of Prayer observance in Point Pleasant where Johnny Hayman, at right, prays after being chosen to receive the first Paul Chapman Shepherd's Recognition Award.

A gathering is scheduled for 6:30 Omni Field, the grass field across Main Street from First Baptist Church, and Noon at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Dothan.

The rally, held in observance of the National Day of Prayer, was coordinated by the Greeneville/Greene County Ministerial Association.

"The forecast was calling for 75 percent chance of rain through the weekend", said the Rev. Jessie Scott, who with her husband, the Rev. Burnie Scott, are the Niagara County coordinators for the event. "We have a mayor who is a believer, and he loves his God, and he is guided by God when he makes decisions".

The event, beginning with its Congressional Proclamation in 1952, is decidedly non-partisan, with prayers and worship put forth for the offices, as opposed to the office holder, held by government leaders. They will then fellowship and discuss ways to continue to bring the community together through faith and offer prayers asking for peace and blessings for the country.

We have prayed for our country, for our world and for ourselves.

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This is the 66th Annual National Day of observance held on the first Thursday of May each year that invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation.

The intent of the celebration is to "mobilize prayer in America and encourage personal repentance and righteousness in our culture", she said.

National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C. will be observed during prime time in 2017.

Rollins said group prayer should not limited to one day a year.

Community members pray for issues in the nation. Heal Us! Taken from Daniel 9:19, which says, "O Lord, Listen!" Kate Ferreira will provide an update on future prayer opportunities, and a variety of next generation leaders will guide us through the reading of scripture. The National Day of Prayer Task Force, of Colorado Springs, predicts 45,000 to 50,000 National Day of Prayer events across the United States May 4.

"We wanted to be here for the National Day of Prayer", said Kathy Rogers of Scottsville.

  • Ronnie Bowen