The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

May 2, 2013

National Day of Prayer is today

By Justin Jones, Staff Writer
CNHI News Service

Thursday, May 2, 2012 — Stanly County residents will have an opportunity to participate in the National Day of Prayer today.

The cities of Albemarle and Locust and the town of Oakboro will have observances at noon.

In Locust, Brenda Carpenter has worked with others in the city in organizing the event. Carpenter said she and others have already spent time in prayer so that the time of community prayer could have a lasting impact.

Carpenter has 10 community members assigned to pray for specific areas, such as local, state and federal government, the school system and churches.

West Stanly High School’s ROTC will present the nation’s colors, while Mayor Steve Huber plans to give a proclamation for the day.

The schedule is set to begin at noon from Town Center.

In Oakboro, Dr. Terrell Watts of First Baptist Church will lead the town’s observance from Memorial Park in downtown Oakboro.

Watts said they will enjoy a time of singing and prayer, including the seven points suggested by the National Day of Prayer organization.

Those prayers will be said specifically for the government, military, media, businesses, education, church and family.

In Albemarle, WSPC and WZKY station owner Matt Smith has organized an agenda of activities to begin at noon.

From Courthouse Square Park, the observance will begin with a pledge to the flag, along with a proclamation from Mayor Whit Whitley and Stanly County Commissioner Lindsey Dunevant.

After a devotion from Prospect Baptist Church Pastor Stoney Benfield, prayers for the community, businesses and children will be recognized.

The National Day of Prayer can be traced back to as early as the 1770s, but was modernly recognized in 1952 by  President Harry Truman. It is now recognized each year on the first Thursday in May.

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