National Day of Prayer to be held Thursday morning

As religious leaders prepare for tomorrow’s National Day of Prayer, the location of one of the prayer groups has been moved to a new place.
National Day of Prayer organizers announced this week a change in the schedule that reflects the group praying for government will not meet at the courthouse as previously reported but will meet, instead, in the John Walker Park next door to Cairo City Hall. The group will be led by Pastor Becky Willis of Cairo First Presbyterian.
There will be a total of seven prayer sites beginning at 11:17 a.m. on Thursday, May 4. 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 six prayer sites, in addition to the group meeting in the Walker Park 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; 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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