Darlington prepares for National Day of Prayer

Today, Darlington Mayor Gloria C. Hines (seated) signed a proclamation naming May 2, 2019 as National Day of Prayer in the City of Darlington. With her were several pastors from local churches, including (left to right) Juan Gonzalez and Pastor Frankie L. Tanner of Mechanicsville Baptist Church, Rev. Alan Waibel of First Church of God, Dr. Brian Sherwood and Renny Johnson of First Baptist Church, Joe Willard of Welsh Neck Baptist Association, Rev. LaTonya Dash of St. James United Methodist Church, and Rev. Dr. Laura Canine of Trinity United Methodist Church.

“Everybody needs prayer,” said Hines as she signed the document. “With all the things happening in the world today, we need to come together. We need unity for the City of Darlington and all over the world.”

“My heart is that we won’t use this as a formality, as just a program,” said Sherwood. “I really want us to cry out to God on behalf of our cities, our state, our nation, and ourselves. That’s what my prayer is this year.”

The city’s National Day of Prayer ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 2 at 12 noon, on the public grounds of the Darlington County Courthouse. The program will feature prayers for our national, state, and local government leaders, as well as our first responders, educators, churches, and families. Prayers will be delivered by a diverse group of pastors from area churches, and their messages will focus on this year’s national theme of “Love one another,” referencing John 13:34.

The ceremony is multi-denominational, and all are welcome to join together in prayer and song. In case of rain, the event will be moved to First Church of God, located at 620 North Main Street in Darlington.

Author: Samantha Lyles

Staff writer for Darlington News and Press

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