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Charlana Kelly leads National Day of Prayer - JAN WHITE | HCCCharlana Kelly leads National Day of Prayer - JAN WHITE | HCC

By Jan White
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CROCKETT – Thursday, May 5, marked the 70th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer. Citizens of Crockett and surrounding areas met in the Community Room of Sunflower Bank to pray for the City and the Nation. 

The theme for the nationwide event is “Exalt the Lord Who Has Established Us” Colossians 2:6-7. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming the nation, our country’s leaders have continued the tradition. President Lincoln, in 1863 called for a day of humiliation, fasting, and prayer. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer. President Reagan, in 1988, signed an amendment that officially selected the first Thursday of every May as the National Day of Prayer.

Pastor Charlana Kelly of HCMA and Good Shepherd Fellowship Church gave the opening remarks, followed by local leaders and pastors who offered individual prayers for different areas in the community, state, and nation. Judge Jim Lovell led off the session by reading a Proclamation designating May 5 as the National Day of Prayer, then offered a prayer for our government and its leaders. Pastor Shane Sibley from Central Baptist Church, Pastor Tim Allen of First Christian Church, Jessica James, candidate for CISD, Tami Bruner, Community Ministry Leader, Pastor Johnie Wood, First Presbyterian Church, J. Barnes, Minister to Veterans, Pastor Tim Lowry, President of Desert Rock Entertainment prayed for families, churches, business, education, military, government, and media. Dennis Ivey, Pastor of Harvest Church, shared a few heartfelt words and closed the meeting with prayer.

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