When people come together at Macon’s Universal Christian Light Center to close Thursday’s National Day of Prayer, they will expand upon the usual seven points of prayer.
This year, the Second annual Middle Georgia Community Prayer Service will pray for the National Day of Prayer itself.
In Wisconsin last month, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb declared the U.S. law authorizing a National Day of Prayer is unconstitutional.
That challenge makes this year’s national theme seem almost prophetic — “Prayer ... for such a time as this.”
Universal Light Center’s Tina Thames said it’s important to pray for the observance as people lift up the government, military, media, businesses, education, church and family.
Prayer is particularly crucial at this point in history, she said. “I think it’s just where our country is right now with the situation in New York City with the bomb,” Thames said. “There’s a need to return to some basic points of faith, and prayer is something we all do.”
The event can bring unity among denominations, she said.
This year local youths will speak about each prayer tenet. Progressive Christian Academy will present a parade of 50 flags to represent the states, and the Northeast Magnet High School Jr. ROTC will present the national flag. Performances are scheduled for concert piano, dance, mime and drama.
“We really wanted to put the focus on young people and stress there are really some good young people out there,” Thames said. “We want to encourage our young people to see the importance of prayer.”
A cross will be erected in front of the church on Madison Street where people can place prayer requests to receive continual prayer.
At 7 a.m. Thursday, the Macon National Day of Prayer Committee will begin the day with its annual prayer breakfast at First Presbyterian Church on Mulberry Street. The Rev. Tony Lowden of Campus Clubs will be speaking during the meal, which costs $6.
The senior pastor of Ingleside Baptist Church, Tim McCoy, will speak at Macon City Hall for the noon observance that begins at 11:45 a.m. with music from the Covenant Academy Grammar School chorus.
“We need to be praying for our leaders in our city,” said Margaret McCook, a member of the local organizing committee. “It’s important to come together with our physical presence at the representative seat of government where we can bless our nation and lift up our public officials in prayer.”
The Here’s Life organization that came together about 40 years ago has been praying regularly for local, state and national leaders in Macon City Council chambers the second Tuesday of each month. That group spearheaded the local Day of Prayer observance, McCook said.
Prayer vigils at local churches begin at 8 tonight at the Northside Christian Church on Northside Drive where people are encouraged to drop in around the clock until 8 p.m. Thursday.
Mabel White Memorial Baptist Church will be open for prayer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday. Pine Forest Baptist Church on Tucker Road will be holding a vigil from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and Covenant Church of Jesus Christ will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. Thursday.
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