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BY JOSH PRESLEY
In honor of National Day of Prayer, local church groups gathered Thursday to march down Commerce Street and hold a prayer service in Sally Kate Winters Park.
According to nationaldayofprayer.org, the National Day of Prayer began in 1952 and is held every year on the first Thursday of May.
The local prayer service involved various residents from churches in the community, as well as city and county officials praying for areas such as federal and local government.
Alma Brown, who heads up the Noonday Prayer Warriors group at Third Mount Olive M.B. Church in West Point, said the prayer warriors group organized the march in conjunction with Clay County Clergy Fellowship.
âWe do this march because Jesus said âwhoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me,ââ Brown said. âSo the march is us carrying our cross.â
Brown said about 50 people participated in the service, and she was pleased with the turnout.
âWe still want more people to come next year,â she said. âWe need to pray every day.â
W.E. âBuckâ Buchanan, who provides prison ministry at the Clay County Detention Center, said this yearâs march and service had the best turnout the event has ever had.
âWe tried to be better organized this year than in years past, so we planned it a few days in advance,â Buchanan said.
Buchanan said West Point has observed the day of prayer for the past 35 years.
âThe first few years it was an off and on thing,â Buchanan said. âSince I became involved in the mid-90s, Iâve tried to make sure we do it every year.â
First Christian Church of West Point Pastor Kirby Lloyd said the march was a good opportunity for residents from different churches in the community to come together.
âItâs an opportunity for us to overcome our differences, both denominationally and racially,â Lloyd said. âWeâre all praying to the same God.â
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