National Day of Prayer to be observed

Religious leaders in Grady County are organizing local participation in the National Day of Prayer next week. There will be seven prayers at seven sites beginning at 11:17 a.m. on the special day, the first Thursday in May. Participants will move to the Grady County Courthouse for the final prayer, which will include a musical prelude and worship time beginning at 11:47 a.m.
The seven prayer sites where people will gather at 11:17 a.m. include Delicious Delights, 195 Third St. SE, where Pastor D. Serfoss of Christ Gospel Church will lead the prayer for businesses; Cairo First Assembly of God, 495 12th Ave. NE, where Pastor Ron McCaskill of Christ Church Cairo will lead the prayer for churches; Grady County Board of Education, 122 N. Broad St., where Pastor William Staten of Faith Christian Center will lead the prayer for education; Wal-Mart, 361 Eighth Ave. NE, where Pastor Travis Harrison of First Assembly of God Church will lead the prayer for the family; Grady County Courthouse, 250 N. Broad St., where Pastor Becky Willis of Cairo First Presbyterian will lead the prayer for government; The Cairo Messenger, 31 First Ave. NE, where pastors Whit Byram of Cairo First United Methodist Church and Buddy Whatley of Woodland-Bold Springs UMC will lead the prayers for the media; and Veterans Park, 134 S. Broad St., where Pastor Kevin Hindsman of Redeeming Life Fellowship will lead the prayer for the military.
Mrs. Heather Elkins will provide a musical prelude at the Grady County Courthouse beginning at 11:47 a.m., and worship will begin there at 12:07 p.m. with Pastor Travis Harrison, president of the Grady County Ministerial Alliance, providing a welcome and leading those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mrs. Teresa Prince will read the official prayer for the National Day of Prayer, the seven prayers for seven American institutions will be read and Pastor Chris Allen of First Baptist Church will provide the benediction.
For more information, call 229-516-2406/7 or 478-951-7968.

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