Thursday's National Day of Prayer ceremony in Rogersville

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"I think through prayer and the Lord's love he can bring us together like the wandering sheep that we sometimes are", said Pierson, who wears many hats in the county, including being the pastor for J.O.Y. The event was inaugurated by President Harry S. Truman in 1952 and moved to the first Thursday in May by President Ronald Reagan in 1982.

Local business leaders, pastors and chaplains recognized National Day of Prayer with a round of devotion during an hourlong, outdoor service on Thursday at Christ the King Church, 5934 Eighth Ave.

The first National Day of Prayer observance, organized by the National Prayer Committee, took place at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. with featured speakers Vice President George Bush and Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie, according to the NDOP website at

"I'm excited to have people to come out and unite in prayer again", Barnes said. He told the gathered crowd that at a hard time, while in captivity in Babylon, Daniel prayed, but also kept his focus on God's will. The founding fathers may have been sure about separating church and state, but they also believed in a higher power and the effect of prayers.

The local observance of the National Day of Prayer attracts numerous people, both young and old, to the McDowell County Courthouse.

I urge all of you, no matter your faith, to go to Friendship Baptist Church at 1511 El Rancho Dr., in Sun City Center, on Thursday, May 4, at 1 be a part of this prayer.

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"We should pray every day, but this day is special", he said. Prayer is our weapon (to combat problems) and God is going to take care of us.

This year, organizers said they will continue their Adopt-a-Cop program, where they will ask residents to “adopt” a local police officer or deputy and pray for them regularly.

Some will disagree with the need for such events, but we would contend there is nothing more important than prayer.

Pastor Jonathan Barker of Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th St., prayed for military and civil servants. “If you are in law enforcement or know anyone who is, please invite them to this event so we can pray and bless them.

Eddie Barnes, a pastor at Clinton Community Church, leads the National Day of Prayer service.

This is an informal prayer service, which begins at noon, that will start with a short video produced by a National Prayer Day committee.