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Martin, Greenfield observe National Day of Prayer

Martin, Greenfield observe National Day of Prayer

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 9:03 pm

Martin, Greenfield observe National Day of Prayer | National Day of Prayer,Martin Ministerial Alliance

Russ Pruitt
Community members gathered in a symbolic effort to help the nation honor the more than five-decade tradition of offering prayers for the nation. As groups gathered across the nation to celebrate the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, the Martin community was among those recognizing the national day.
At noon on Thursday at the Virginia Weldon Park, the Martin Ministerial Alliance sponsored a local National Day of Prayer observance. Bro. Roger Lipe, pastor of Central Baptist Church, represented the alliance by welcoming nearly 100 people in attendance.
Martin Mayor Randy Brundige served as the guest speaker and spoke of how much prayer was needed in every city as well as across the nation.
Wayne Spencer, pastor of First Pentecostal Church and Dave Reinhard, pastor of First Assembly of God, led pledges to the American Flag and the Christian Flag.
Russ Pruitt of Central Baptist Church then offered his rendition of “God Bless America,” and welcomed those in attendance to join in song.
Several ministers from Martin later offered prayer for specific needs. They were John Whittaker, minister of youth and children at First Baptist Church, who prayed for our city government and schools; Col. Fred Lehmkuhl prayed for the military and military leaders including the President; Bro. Alvin Summers of Oak Grove Baptist Church, prayed for families and Bro. Mike Sams, pastor of First Baptist Church, offered a prayer for the nation.
To allow every guest an opportunity to pray during the National Day of Prayer service held in Martin, several groups divided into small circles led by each of the on-hand ministers for group prayers.
Pres. Harry Truman signed the National Day of Prayer into law in 1952. Since then, every United States President has singed a proclamation designating a National Day of Prayer. In 1988, Pres. Ronald Reagan declared the event would be held the first Thursday of every May.
The City of Greenfield also observed the National Day of Prayer with a service and events throughout the day on Thursday.
The Greenfield observance of National Day of Prayer included nearly 80 people participating in 4 hours of prayer including a prayer chain at the prayer tent and the noon service at the downtown mini-park.
Worship music was provided by the gospel singing group Tim and Lana Chandler of Greenfield, while several church, civic and media representatives spoke and led in focused prayer.  The service concluded with small groups praying together for the nation.
A unique feature of this year’s observance was the prayer tent erected at the mini-park. Different churches took responsibility for one hour of a prayer chain throughout the day.wcp 5-11-10


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