Local Madisonville Christian faith leaders gathered in front of the court house on Thursday evening with about 50 people in attendance to celebrate the 67th National Day of Prayer in the United States.
“I don’t know what it’s going to take to get this square full someday,” said Master of Ceremonies David Medina of Cornerstone Bible Church to the crowd. “It’s important for all of us to ask God to protect our nation and leaders so that we can hope and strive for a more peaceful world.”
Before local pastors of multiple denominations led the crowd in prayer for specific establishments critical to the nation’s well being, Wendy Hunt performed the national anthem and allegiance was pledged to the flag. While the turnout might not have been exactly what all the organizers were hoping for, the attendees were involved and passionate throughout.
Pastor Don Grisby of the United Pentecostal Church led the crowd in a prayer for the President of the United States and Father Mark Kusmirek of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church prayed for the nation’s Supreme Court.
Leading a prayer for the government in general was Pastor Edward Collins of Shiloh Baptist and Associate Pastor Jerry Huff of Cornerstone Bible Church prayed for the military. Pastor David Clapp of Faith Baptist focused on the nation and Pastor Joshua Crutchfield of First Baptist prayed for all churches.
Steve Woodall, Pastors Cindy Clark, Patty Wehn-Glowski and Josh Schwartz all led the prayers for our nation’s families, community leaders, education and businesses. Lastly, Wanda Webber finished the ceremonies with a concluding prayer for America.
The National Day of Prayer is often compared to Thanksgiving in a sense that the two days were both national proclamations to declare a day of prayer in the United States. While the colonies were under British rule, it was traditional to observe a day of prayer and thanksgiving in late autumn and another of prayer and fasting in the spring. Abraham Lincoln established the official Thanksgiving holiday during the Civil War in 1863 and Harry Truman established the National Day of Prayer in 1952.
The holiday was observed throughout the nation on Thursday by many communities and leaders including President Donald Trump in Washington.