POMEROY — While rain might have moved the Pomeroy National Day of Prayer ceremonies indoors, it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the participants.
The observance was scheduled on the steps of the Meigs County Courthouse, but with a threat of rain, organizers decided to move it to Trinity Congregational Church just down the street.
The sanctuary was filled, with standing room only, as students from Little Lamb Pre-school in Pomeroy began the service by leading the group in the Pledge, followed by a song.
The theme for the 65th annual NDP was “Wake Up, America” and emphasizes “the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name.”
Meigs County Commissioner Tim Ihle read the commissioners’ proclamation designating May 5 as a “day of prayer” in Meigs County to coincide with the National Day of Prayer. The request for the resolution had been submitted by Brenda Barnhart, organizer of the Meigs ceremonies.
She said many people in the community pray for Meigs courthouse officials all year, not simply on Prayer Day.
There were several speakers, along with songs and prayers for the leaders and citizens of the United States and the world.
Another group observed the day by providing lunch along the river.
The Rev. David Brainard, church pastor, and other members of the Southern Baptist Church of Pomeroy, were enjoying the day despite the chilly winds as they served a hot lunch under the gazebo in the Pomeroy parking lot. Several wore T-shirts that read “The Church has left the building.”
Lunch was offered to anyone who wished to enjoy the homemade chicken and noodles meal, complete with green beans, fruit or pudding for dessert and a beverage.
“We are glad to be out here today,” Brainard said. “There are lots of people in Pomeroy, many who came just for the Day of Prayer, and we hope they enjoy their lunch.”
He said members of the congregation provide lunch once a month in the summer, not just on National Day of Prayer.
No donations were accepted for the meal. When Brainard was asked if a contribution would be accepted, he shook his head, and said “just pass it on.”
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.