National Day of Prayer
By Sparta Live | May 10, 2019 9:29 am
By Rachel Auberger
Church leaders, government officials, and community members gathered at the White County Courthouse to participate in one of many National Day of Prayer ceremonies that went on around the country, on May 2.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday, in May. The first National Day of Prayer was held in 1983, and, in 1988, Congress unanimously passed a bill in support of NDP. Each year, the president, beginning with President Ronald Regan, in 1988, has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.
This year White County’s prayer service, which was organized by Pastor Steve Qualls, of Christpoint Church, under the direction of White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson, began with worship music by Hannah and Jared Brown and was followed by several community leaders taking turns leading the group in prayer as they prayed for the safety, growth, and well-being of the residents of White County and those officials who serve them.
Charles Dodson, of East Sparta Church of God, began the prayers as he prayed for the residents of the community. Sheriff Steve Page followed with a prayer, asking for safety for law enforcement officers around the country and specifically those in White County. Jamie McCormick, of Sparta First Church of the Nazarene, led a prayer for government officials and those who make decisions that affect the community. Steve Gerhart, of North Sparta Church of God, prayed for the families and children of White County. Cary Hughes, with Bear Cove Baptist Church, followed with a prayer for newcomers to the community. Linda Bumbalough Mackie, retired school teacher, prayed for the educators, administrators, and staff who work with White County’s children every day.
At the conclusion, Qualls asked those gathered around to join hands as he led them in prayer for the country, White County, and the City of Sparta.