On Thursday, community members in King and walnut Cove celebrated the National Day of Prayer.
In Walnut Cove, The Well hosted a full day of prayer events for area leaders and residents.
In King, the annual event was sponsored by the Stokes Family YMCA and held at First Christian Church.
“We can do nothing more important than pray,” said YMCA Director Derek Edwards.
King Mayor Jack Warren presented a proclamation recognizing the day before a number of area pastors provided prayers for the nation, the upcoming election, the state and the county.
“We say we are one nation under God, but we have moved far from your values,” said Mt. Olive Baptist Church Pastor Carl Goodman in the national prayer. “We are in the condition we are in not because of what you have done to us, but because of what we have done to ourselves. Lord please forgive us for turning against the moral values of your scripture. I pray that we will see an awakening in America. We appeal to your mercy and ask for your forgiveness. Lord we need you desperately in these days.”
Poplar Springs Church of Christ Pastor Don Wallace provided a prayer for the upcoming November elections.
“We have become preoccupied with politics of late,” he said. “Help us to keep our perspective on what is eternally important. We would pray for those seeking any office this fall that they would seek to honor you. May they represent their constituents well and refrain from doing what is politically expedient.”
Guest speaker Glenn Van Meter, pastor of First Christian Church, said that people needed to work locally to spread the word of God.
“Not everybody is a believer,” he said. “We need to take time to spend with people and get to know them and how we can befriend them and help them in life. Has anything changed in who Jesus is over the years? It is risk to follow him on a local , state or national level because not everyone agrees with his train of thought. We have to take the risk to say ‘I will stand for him.’ It first starts in King and then moves out to the state and national level. Just because people do not agree with the message we have, it does not make the message wrong.”
Trinity United Methodist Church’s Bart Milleson led the prayer for the state, encouraging state law makers to let their faith “inspire our ways of being and doing.”
The local prayer, provided by Quaker Gap Baptist’s Dr. Jack Darida, focused on the local leaders, businesses and services which are used in the county every day.
“We thank you for those who volunteer,” said Darida. “We are thankful for the outreach ministries that serve our community. Thank you for giving us a wonderful area to live in. We are the salt of the earth. May our love for you be reflected in the way we live our lives that others may know who you are.”
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