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Residents gather together to pray
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Preacher Michael Harris said America needs a spiritual awakening during the noontime National Day of Prayer observance in McMinnville on Thursday. There was a second ceremony Thursday night.
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Covenant Academy students singing during the National Day of Prayer observance at the Farmers Market pavilion are, from left, David Netherton, Sarah Sharpe, Madisen Madewell, Brandy Pennington and Morgan Benkarski.

In a world of turmoil overflowing with woe, the power of God is the answer.

That was the message Thursday as local residents gathered at the Farmers Market pavilion to rejoice and sing during the National Day of Prayer.

“I pray God will send a spiritual awakening to spread over our land like a tsunami,” said preacher Michael Harris. “If there is any time I’ve seen we need a spiritual awakening, it is today.”

Harris was one of the speakers at the noontime ceremony, which included two songs led by John Templeton and one song from Covenant Academy students “This is How He Loves.”

The National Day of Prayer theme was “Love One Another,” a message which needs to be heard, according to those who spoke.

“Father, there is so much hate in this world and hate is easy,” said preacher Richard O’Connor. “It’s easy to text your problems on your phone and post them to social media. But when we start seeing others with compassion, that’s where love starts. Help us have love in resolving our differences. Let us disagree, but not be disagreeable.”

Preacher Jeff Owens echoed those sentiments when he said, “We’re apt to do more complaining than we do praying. We as God’s people have to set the tone for change.”

Preacher Jeff Page said one day is not enough to emphasize prayer.

“We can’t pray enough for our country,” said Page. “If we did this every day, it’s not enough.”

National Day of Prayer became officially recognized in 1988 when President Reagan declared the day to be observed the first Thursday in May.