Area residents gather for a day of prayerPublished 8:51am Monday, May 6, 2013
A small crowd gathered in Gold Star Park at noon Thursday for a brief observance of the National Day of Prayer. The event included prayers and special music.
“I’m glad our city chooses to participate in this every year,” said Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis. “I think it’s important.”
Dr. James Troglen of First Baptist Church offered a prayer for the state, the Rev. Kelvin Brown of Second Missionary Baptist Church gave a prayer for the Nation and the Rev. Jonathan Yarboro of First Presbyterian Church presented a prayer for the city.
“Help us step aside from the things that divide us and focus on the things that unite us,” prayed Yarboro.
Following the prayers, the Prime Time choir from the Wetumpka Senior Center sang “In the Garden” and “Amazing Grace.”
The service concluded with attendees singing “God Bless America.”
The City of Wetumpka has recognized the National Day of Prayer with an observance for more than 15 years.
On a national level, Thursday marked the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer as designated by legislation in 1952. The observance was first proclaimed by the Continental Congress in 1775. The National Day of Prayer was officially established as the first Thursday in May in 1988.