Doing ‘great things for the Lord’
Across the nation on Thursday, citizens bowed their heads and prayed together at noon in honor of the National Day of Prayer.
In Henderson, the Ministers’ in Community Partnership organized four separate noon events in the city, including prayer services at City Hall, the Vance County courthouse, Maria Parham Medical Center and the Area Christians in Service Together.
The main event was a prayer rally in the evening at Southern Vance High School with a performance by the 100 Voice Choir.
The 2014 theme is one voice, united in prayer, which is based on Romans, 15:6: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“That is the key point, one mind and one voice,” said Pastor Rhonda Pulley of South Henderson Pentecostal Holiness Church. “That is what we have come to do today: to unify ourselves and pray.”
Pulley and youth Pastor Jesse Matthews, who led the city hall service, were joined by members of the Henderson Fire Department, city council and city administration who all gathered in the main meeting room to pray for the nation, the military, city and county governments, and the community.
“It’s a small group,” Pulley said of the Ministers’ in Community Partnership. “But we try to do great things for the Lord.”
National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
President Ronald Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer.
This government-proclaimed day is for all Americans, regardless of race, religion or creed.
WIZS radio recorded the service live in City Hall.
“For all those in radio land, we ask that you will spend time in prayer as we spend time here in city hall in prayer,” said Mayor Pete O’Geary.
Henderson Fire Department Chief Danny Wilkerson addressed the audience in an emotional prayer.
“Never ever let this National Day of Prayer stop, Lord,” he said. “It is truly a national day of prayer, but, Lord, we know every day is a day of prayer. We just love you; we just need you, Lord. We just have to give our hearts and souls to you and serve you and not be ashamed to serve you.”
Councilwoman Brenda Peace-Jenkins led the prayer for local governments.
“Lord, we ask that you bless the two boards that have to make decisions for the city and the county,” she said. “Let us realize the decisions we make will be the ones that affect the citizens. And when we make decisions that affect our citizens, we need to seek you first, so we make the right decisions.”
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