64th National Day of Prayer
By Jana E. Pye, Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Darlington Ministerial Association hosted the 64th Annual National Day of Prayer community service held on Thursday, May 7th at noon at the Darlington Public Square in front of the Darlington County Courthouse brought together members of law enforcement, fire department, local government, residents of Bethea Baptist, community members, and even a sweet 17 year old Labrador retriever.
Chaplain Frank Stoda of the Darlington City Fire Department provided the welcome and introduced members of the Darlington Ministerial Association that shared prayers.
Dr. Tom Norrell, Trinity United Methodist Church shared the “Prayer for President Barack Obama, all national and military leaders, and all service men and women.”
David Worthington, Director of Missions, Welch Neck Baptist Association shared the “Prayer for Governor Nikki Haley and all state leaders.”
Rev. Kevin Cauley, Darlington Presbyterian Church shared the “Prayer for Mayor Tony Watkins, and all city and county leaders, law enforcement, and fighters of Darlington.”
Rev. Tim Coker, Central Baptist Church, shared the “Prayer for educational systems of our land.”
Rev. Flora McCurry, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, shared the “Prayer for all churches and ministers of our city and country and their families.”
Dr. Jeff Cockrell, Bethea Baptist Church, shared the “Prayer for all homes and families of our city and county.”
Bishop Charlie Johnson, Tabernacle Worship Center, shared the “Prayer for a spiritual awakening of our city, county and nation.”
Music was led by Debbie Anderson of First Church of God on her acoustic guitar. Her beautiful voice inspired the attendees join along in singing “I Will Call Upon the Lord”, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”, “How Great Thou Art”, “Holy, Holy, Holy”, and “There’s Something About That Name”
The program concluded with the reading of Dr. Jack Graham’s Prayer for Our Nation, shared simultaneously in similar prayer observances across the United States.
Before beginning the closing song, “There’s Something About that Name,” Debbie Anderson gave special thanks to Marilyn Blackmon, former resident of Darlington that now resides at Bethea Baptist. “I want to thank someone who has brought this program together for many years. Mrs. Marilyn Blackmon, at the age of 90, the most amazing Child of God that I have ever met. I love her very much, and she has done a fantastic job.”
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