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Worshippers rise early for Day of Prayer observance
SoVaNow.com / May 07, 2014
“One Voice United in Prayer” was the theme for the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer, which took place Thursday, May 1. For the fifth year, Gene Hall of Red Oak Excavating Company hosted the local breakfast and ecumenical service, with its emphasis on the need for individuals to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator.
Messages tied to the Bible verse chosen to highlight the theme from Romans 15:6 — “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” — were delivered by the Rev. Adam Blosser of Drakes Branch Baptist Church, and the Rev. Jane Lyon of Antioch Baptist Church.
Special music selections were performed by Alex Haskins, Hebron’s Little Voices (13-year-old Lindy Newcomb and 10-year-old Lauren Newcomb) and the Randolph Henry High School choir, under the leadership of Derrick Thompson.
Ralph “Red” Moore served as emcee for the event, and the American Legion Post 260 Honor Guard posted the colors. Moore is chair of the Charlotte County Industrial Development Authority and minister at both Plantersville United Methodist Church and Rehoboth United Methodist Church.
Before ending the service, Hall asked everyone to stop at noon on Thursday to join with millions of people around the United States in a prayer, written by Anne Graham Lotz, for the 2014 National Day of Prayer event. It says:
“Lord of the Universe. Lord of this planet. Lord of the nations. Lord of our hearts. On this National Day of Prayer, we look to You…
In the darkness, You are our Light.
In the storm, You are our Anchor.
In our weakness, You are our Strength. In our grief, You are our Comfort.
In our despair, You are our Hope.
In our confusion, You are our Wisdom.
In time of terrorism, You are our Shield. In time of war, You are our Peace.
In times of uncertainty, You are the Rock on which we stand.
We make our prayer to You using the words of the prophet Daniel:
O Lord, You are the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and keep His commandments. You are merciful and forgiving. You are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame because we have sinned against You, and done wrong. We have turned away from Your commands and principles. We have turned away from You.
Yet You have promised in 2 Chronicles 7, that if we — a people identified with You —would humble ourselves, pray, seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways, then You would hear our prayer, forgive our sin and heal our land.
So we choose to stop pointing our finger at the sins of others, and examine our own hearts and lives. We choose to acknowledge our own sin–our neglect and defiance and ignorance and even rejection of You. This day we choose to repent.
In response to our heartfelt repentance, God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Father of Jesus Christ, in keeping with all Your righteous acts and according to Your promise, turn away Your anger and Your wrath from the United States of America. Hear the prayers and petitions offered to You on this National Day of Prayer, as we give You our full attention. Give ear, our God, and hear; open Your eyes and see. We do not make requests of You because we are righteous, but because of Your great mercy.
For the glory of Your Name hear our prayer, forgive our sin, and heal our land.
We ask this in the name of Your Son Jesus Christ who offers us salvation from Your judgment, forgiveness for our sin, and reconciliation with You through His own blood shed on the Cross. Amen.”
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