Shelby County hosts National Day of Prayer on grounds of historic courthouse

Crowd gathered at noon Thursday for prayer, music and prayer chain

A National Day of Prayer event was held at noon Thursday, May 2, on the grounds of the Historic 1885 Shelby County Courthouse drawing a crowd for prayer and reflection.

David Mathis, organizer and minister of worship and education at First Baptist Church Center, said the event was held in a public place to help show there are people in the community who believe in the difference the power of prayer can make.

The presentation of colors was made by the Barksdale Air Force Base Color Guard.

Among those on the 30-minute program were Center Mayor Pro Tem Leigh Porterfield, singing the National Anthem, and Texas Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian, who led the group in a prayer for America and its leaders.

Karen Jones, pastor of First United Methodist Church of Center led a prayer for elected officials while Marlin Cloudy, pastor of Abundant Love Ministries and chaplain at the Tyson plant in Carthage, led a prayer for schools, students and educators.

Businessman and pastor at New Hope Congregational Church, Tim Verner, led the gathering in a prayer for first responders. VFW Quartermaster Larry Hume said a prayer for the nation's military and those who have sacrificed their lives for their country.

First United Methodist Church of Shelbyville pastor and director of Shelby County Outreach Ministries, Sherry Harding, led a prayer for the community's churches.

The National Day of Prayer event closed out with a human prayer chain, silent prayer and singing of “Amazing Grace.”

For photo gallery of Thursday's National Day or Prayer event in Shelby County, please click below:

National Day of Prayer event held in Center at Historic Shelby County Courthouse

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