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National Day of Prayer set for today

A robust crowd of citizens of all ages were present this noon in downtown Zebulon on the courthouse lawn to come together in prayer for our nation on this 58th annual observance of National Day of Prayer. Music was provided by the choir of Old Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. Local Pastors Kenneth Koon, Concord Baptist Church; Clarence Burton, Neal Baptist Church; Terry Ison, Nazareth Baptist Church and Travis Ferguson of Old Mt Calvary Missionary Baptist Church led the crowd in prayers for our nation, our security, our military and their families, sanctity of life and protection of marriage. Arielle Watts led the Pledge of Allegiance. At 6:45 p.m., there will be a full worship service at Zebulon United Methodist Church. Representatives from three local churches will be on hand for the event, which will include music. The two Pike events are sponsored by Prayer Power of Georgia, said Ben Maxedon, the group’s managing director. Maxedon is also the coordinator for National Day of Prayer. ’We’re trying to draw the community together,’ Maxedon said. ‘We’re trying to draw people out and encourage them to pray for our state, our county and our country as a whole.’ Maxedon said Day of Prayer events also offer an opportunity to exercise religious freedom. ’We keep that freedom by exercising it,’ he said. National Day of Prayer is held yearly on the first Thursday in May to invite ‘people of all faiths to pray for the nation,’ according to the National Day of Prayer Task Force’s website. The yearly observance was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress and was signed into law by President Harry Truman.

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