Connellsville to observe National Day of Prayer
Thursday will mark the annual National Day of Prayer.
The Connellsville Area Ministerial Association invites the community to a public event at 7 p.m. in Lion's Square on Crawford Avenue.
Don Smith, president of the association, will open the service in prayer. That will be followed by Pastor Brian Higbee with the City Church of Connellsville giving remarks on the theme of this year's National Day of Prayer, “One Voice United in Prayer.”
That will be followed by several area pastors and individuals praying for specific groups.
Pastor Bob Strader with World Christian Outreach Ministries will pray for families as well as the county leaders.
Pastor Andrew Spore with Otterbein United Methodist Church will pray for the city leaders, and Pastor Matt Goldsberry with Calvary Assembly of God will pray for city pastors.
Chuck Hubbel with the local Lutheran church will pray for EMS, law enforcement and firefighters and Pastor Will Hough with First Baptist Church in Connellsville will pray for service members.
There will be three vocals throughout the service, including Cheryl Williams, Terry Balestrieri and Kathy Basinger.
“We're hoping to have a council member or the mayor give the opening remarks,” Smith said.
Smith said setting aside a day for people to come together and pray is important.
“We want to show the nation that we are a Christian nation, and we want to show the community that we are united with one voice in prayer,” Smith said. “It's one thing to say it, but it's another to show it, and that's what we're doing.”
Bullskin Township Volunteer Fire Company will hold a prayer observance service at 7 p.m. Thursday at the fire hall on Keefer Road just off Route 982.
The evening will include prayer, musical selections, a special dedication for clergy and refreshments afterward.
The Rev. Stephen Moore with Trinity United Methodist Church in Scottdale will participate. He said prayer is so important these days.
“With the shootings in Chicago, the stabbings in Murrysville and drug trafficking, how can we not pray,” he questioned.
Other community events for National Day of Prayer include a 7 p.m. gathering at Saltlick Township Fire Hall in Indian Head on Wednesday; a 10 a.m. gathering at Christian Family and Children's Center North Campus in Donegal on Thursday and a 7 p.m. gathering at Normalville Fire Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday.
A National Day of Prayer event will be held by Liberty Baptist Church, Uniontown, with the theme “Praying for Fayette County” from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the George Marshall Monument at five corners, 155 W. Main St., Uniontown.
Pastors are invited to come and pray for the county and country. There will be special music. From 3:15 to 4 p.m. Special guest speaker will be Dr. Janice Allen.
Rachel Basinger is a contributing writer.
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