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Praying for results
Community joins National Day of Prayer
Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas bows his head as Father Will Carter of St. Phillips's Episcopal Church leads listeners in prayer for national leaders. - photo by Alena Parker / Coastal Courier
Darrell Taste had high aspiration for Thursday's National Day of Prayer in Liberty County.
Standing in a crowd, the member of Baconton Missionary Baptist Church said wanted to see the joint prayer effort have national impact.
"Specifically, I want to see the end of this war, what I think is a senseless war," Taste said. "When we come together as a nation to pray, things can happen."
During the observance, people of different backgrounds and denominations bowed their heads in unity as clergy, leaders and residents assembled on the steps of the courthouse annex.
During the seventh annual event, six prayers were offered up, not only for the well-being of the nation and government leaders, but the ministers also prayed for schools, children and the military.
The United Ministerial Alliance sponsored the prayer meeting.
Minister D.S. Andrews, UMA president, said the observance was to look beyond differences and find a common ground.
"Today we're here to signify the power of prayer," he said. "Whether you proclaim yourself a Christian or not, each and every one of us takes communicate with a higher power."
Baconton Missionary Baptist Church pastor and UMA Vice President Hermon Scott agreed to there being strength in numbers.
"We try to gather together people from across our county, to come and say 'Lord, have mercy on our county'," he said.
Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas was the guest speaker and gave his own rendition of prayer.
"Prayer is not so much an act, but an attitude, an attitude of dependency, dependence on God," he explained.
The mayor said he prays daily and encouraged listeners to pray for places in the world where there is hunger, disease and political strife.
"What I'm asking is...that we make our prayers wide enough to encompass all humanity. We are our brother's keeper," he said.
Sue Menard joined in the prayers in hopes of relieving some of the other issues the country is facing.
"Crime rate's up a little's an election year. The list is unending," she said.
The ultimate change she was hoping to see was "people come to the Lord and see His mighty hand in what's going on nowadays."
Through prayer, Joslyn Scott has a strong desire to see a positive transformation in community youth.
"I'm really hoping to see the children of this community to be changed," Joslyn Scott said. "That they would be obedient children, unto the Lord first, unto their parents, unto the school system."
She was in complete agreement with the prayers of the Rev. Miguel Rivera of Lighthouse Hispanic Church and Pastor Uati Savea of the First Samoan Church of Christ who prayed for schools and children.
The event concluded with remarks from the Rev. Katrina Deason of Liberty Prayer Chapel and everyone being led in "God Bless America" by Elder Henry Blair of Mount Zion Baptist Church.
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