POMEROY — For 26 years, the National Day of Prayer has found a home, and an audience, in Meigs County.
On Thursday, residents gathered once again to pray and give thanks for more than the rain holding off for the ceremony.
Pastor Brenda Barnhart helped organize the event at the Meigs County Courthouse, and filled the roll of emcee. Following Barnhart’s opening prayer, members of the American Legion Drew Webster Post #39 presented the American Flag and led the Pledge of Allegiance, with Karen Lambert singing the National Anthem.
Then, it was time for the youngest participants to step up with students from Little Lamb Pre-School leading the pledge to the Christian flag, pledge to the Bible and recited Psalms 23.
Meigs County Commissioner Mike Bartrum then read the Meigs County Commission’s Proclamation supporting the National Day of Prayer, on behalf of himself and Commissioners Randy Smith and Tim Ihle.
Then there were prayers led by various individuals, praying for people and organizations such as government on all levels, first responders, law enforcement and more. Helping to lead the prayers were Pastor Jim Marshall, Pastor Daniel Fulton, Pastor Becky Zurcher, Kay Dixon, Gene Hoalcraft, Gordan Randolph, Patty Howell, Charlie Jones, Pastor Gary Ellis, Delmar Pullins, Pastor Dave Hopkins, Jim Crace.
Gladys Cumings, whom Barnhart referred to as the “Queen of the National Day of Prayer,” read the official National Day of Prayer prayer, written by Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of Billy Graham.
Prior to reading the prayer, Cumings referred to Barnhart as the “glue that held us all together these years,” when talking about pulling off the annual event. Cumings was recognized for her faithfulness for attending the National Day of Prayer from its beginnings, presented with a plaque by Barnhart. Also presented with plaques were Gene and Linda Hoalcraft and Paul Gerard for their work over the years on the local observance.
Aubree Lyons then sang “Thy Will” with members of Mid-Valley Christian School also giving a musical performance during the event.
While last year’s prayer box was emptied and those prayers burned and released, people filled the box with new prayers. The box will travel to 12 churches over as many months and will make a full circle at next year’s National Day of Prayer.
The event ended with a balloon launch as a way to “give praise.”
Beth Sergent is editor of Ohio Valley Publishing, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.