United in prayer

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Program, lunch draws crowd of about 200

By Alice Du Pont

Thursday, May 2, Gadsden County joined thousands of communities across the nation to observe National Day of Prayer. More than 200 people attended the hour-long program on the lawn of the Courthouse Square.

“Our theme for 2013 is ‘Praying for a Better Tomorrow,’ and it emphasizes the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of the Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men.

“To further highlight our theme, we’ve chosen II Chronicles 7:14. If my people which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from Heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” said Lomar Barkley.

National Day of Prayer calls on people of faith in the United States to pray for the nation and its leaders.

The event was sponsored and organized by the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office, the Quincy Police Department, the Gadsden County School Board, the Gadsden County Baptist Association and other religious organizations.

Ministers and religious leaders from throughout the county prayed for families, military, federal, state and local governments, school, jobs, the homeless, police departments, fire departments and EMS and other concerns.
Lunch was served following the program.