National Day of Prayer observed on courthouse lawn

Suzette Lowe
Many people gathered to pray for the leaders of the country, state and county.

A large crowd gathered on the courthouse lawn as Jackson County participated in the National Day of Prayer on May 6.

Mayor Carolyn Rader and ‘Mayor for the Month’ Berkley Davis welcome those attending the service.

Led by pastors Chris Skeens of Ravenswood Freewill Baptist Church and Ford Price of Epworth United Methodist Church, words of praise and hope and pleas for guidance, protection and wisdom were spoken. Several local pastors prayed on behalf of all levels of government, military, business, education, churches and families. The event was sponsored by the Jackson County Ministerial Association.

The Rev. Ford Price and the Rev. Pastor Chris Skeens lead the service during the National Day of Prayer.

“It’s wonderful to know that, right this moment, people all over this nation are lifting their voices in prayer for our leaders,” said Skeens.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance on the first Thursday in May. Designated by Congress, people are asked to ‘turn to God in prayer and meditation.’ The president is required by law to sign a proclamation each year, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. President Joe Biden issued the proclamation on May 5.