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Locals Offer Prayers For Unity at National Day of Prayer Event

Posted on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 4:16 pm

By Ethan Colbert

Some prayed with their eyes closed and heads bowed. Others prayed with their hands open and turned towards the ceiling of the Bowling Green Presbyterian Church, which was the venue of this year’s local observance of the National Day of Prayer.
As many as 30 faithful gathered to attend the prayer service which offered prayers for unity during Thursday’s mid-day prayer service. The theme of this year’s National Day of Prayer Service was “Pray for America — Unity.”
This theme was inspired by Ephesians 4:3 — “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
One of the event’s organizers Patti Crane said the message of unity is especially poignant given the current political climate and partisan gridlock throughout the country.
“I think unity is important because of everything that you see in the news and that you read, it seems like there are factors that don’t unite us across the country,” Crane said in an interview following the event.

A man and woman bow their heads to pray as Ryan Bibb, owner of Bibb-Veach Funeral Homes and Collier Funeral Home, leads a prayer for businesses and farmers during the 2018 National Day of Prayer. During the ecumenical event, several community members offered prayers for families, for schools, for government, for law enforcement, for the press, for churches, and businesses and farmers.
The prayer service was held in the Bowling Green Presbyterian Church.

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