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Let us pray
Community comes together for National Day of Prayer
James Clark photo: Rick Lyle of Campaign Church of God of Prophecy makes a point before beginning his prayer Thursday during the local observance of National Day of Prayer.

Nearly 100 people gathered together at the Farmers Market at noon Thursday in observance of National Day of Prayer.
“This year’s theme for the National Day of Prayer is ‘Wake up America,’” said local organizer Rev. Jeff Page of Locust Street Church of God. “If there’s any time prayer is needed, it’s today.”
Preachers from around the community spoke briefly and prayed for various concerns that face the world.
“The schools won’t do any better than the homes do,” said Dean Northcutt, pastor of Covenant Fellowship in his prayer for the schools. “We have to get back to the basics. Let us pray that Christian people will start standing up and being heard and make a difference in our community.”
Rick Lyle, pastor of Campaign Church of God of Prophecy, prayed for the family.
“If you don’t teach your family about God, somebody else will teach them there is no God,” Lyle said in encouraging families to practice Christianity in their homes. “If we don’t teach our families to pray by example, someone else will teach them how not to pray.”
Anthony Campbell, pastor of Spirt of Life and Hope Church, prayed for the nation.
“It’s time our country turned back to God,” Campbell said. “With God, there is still hope for America.”
Johnny Newby of Smartt First Baptist Church prayed for the church.
“The name on the building ain’t going to get you to heaven,” Newby told those in attendance. “It’s your personal relationship with Jesus Christ. When you start living His way, He will teach you.”
The event ended with the reciting of the Lord’s Prayer in unison and singing “God Bless America.”
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