Planners relocate National Day of Prayer event indoors

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As long as they teach algebra there will be prayer in schools.

As its own website tells us, the National Day of Prayer traces its roots all the way back to 1775, when the First Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer to ask the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a new nation.

"God blessed this nation from the beginning", said Roger Rollins, a member of the event's planning committee. On this day, counties across America invite their communities and people of all faiths to pray for our nation. Violence, war, poverty and a decaying morality has left the country frail and in need of the strength, fellowship and unity provided by prayer.

"It is growing year after year and that is very encouraging", she said.

The National Day of Prayer was first introduced in 1952, when a bill initiated by Conrad Hilton of Hilton Hotels and Sen. Brandon Fletcher, pastor of John Wesley United Methodist Church, was the keynote speaker.

The local observance of the National Day of Prayer attracts numerous people, both young and old, to the McDowell County Courthouse. The Interfaith Council meeting and luncheon will commence at 1:30 p.m. "Heal us!" based on scripture from Daniel 9:19. The Reverend Gail Jenkins, of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church and Bradburn Hill United Methodist Church, prayed for the community, its churches and the people of Greeneville and Greene County. It's only right that we look to God.

Pastor Jonathan Barker of Grace Lutheran Church, 2006 60th St., prayed for military and civil servants.

This is the 66th year of observation, said Ed Neubert, pastor of Cornerstone Church in Statesboro and coordinator of the local event. For we know there is no surprise, we know that there is nothing that shocks you for you have a hand in it all.

"We're going to be praying for our country".

Studies have found that people who pray and have people pray for them have a healthier outlook.

"In response, millions will assemble at thousands of local events across the nation, where they will take time out of their daily schedules to intercede on behalf of their communities, their nation, and their leaders".