A day of spiritual unity

United as one, members of the community gathered at the Mattie Lanier Richie Center in Atlanta last Thursday for a day of spiritual unity, in observance of National Day of Prayer.
Songs of praise filled the room as the crowd gathered, with music from Seth Parker and wife Lea and Jonathan Parker.
The theme for 2018 was “Pray for America-Unity.” To start the event Atlanta Mayor, Travis Ransom, read the resolution declaring May 3 as a day of prayer in the city of Atlanta. 
The resolution states that The National Day of Prayer was created by a joint resolution of congress in 1952 and was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988 the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer.
It also states The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. 
There were seven prayer points that were led by pastors in our surrounding area. Each pastor was joined by a person or persons representing that particular point. 
The first point was for all governing authorities in America. Vernon Groce, pastor of Holly Street Church of God in Atlanta, led a prayer and was joined by Robin Bass, U.S. Representative for John Ratcliff.
Second was for U.S. Military and first responders in America. Bryan Baggett, pastor of Pinecrest Baptist Church in Linden, led a prayer, joined by Atlanta police, firemen and EMT’s.
Third was media and entertainment. Ron Riemer, Associate Pastor and youth minister at First Baptist Church Queen City lead a prayer joined with Robert Delgiorno, local radio host.
Chris Collins, pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Mandeville, Ark., led the fourth, for families in America, joined by CJ and Janie Miller and their two children.
Rachal Restelle represented the youth in America with a prayer by Gary Crabtree, pastor of Faith Community Nazarene in Atlanta.
Sixth, was education in America with a prayer by James Williams from First Baptist Church in Atlanta, joined by Atlanta Superintendent, school board and several teachers.
The last prayer point was churches in America, with a prayer by Tim Ellis, pastor of Enon Baptist Association Director of Missions, joined by all pastors in attendance. 
A Prayer for our Nation, which everyone read aloud, was led by Gene Parker, pastor of Smyrna Baptist Church. 
Church members from Kildare, New Hope, Enon, Atlanta Church of God, Faith Community Nazerene, Bethsaidia Y and Huffines provided free sack lunches for everyone, and the event was organized by Bro. Gene Parker and Bro. Chris Miller.
“I want to thank all who were involved,” said Mary Sherman. “We appreciate you and your interest to help.”

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