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Prayer day draws 40 to courthouse

May 06, 1999

Prayer DayBy MARLO BARNHART / Staff Writer

photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer




Tom Ebner believes in prayer.

That belief was strong enough to bring the Mount Airy, Md., man to the front of the Washington County Circuit Courthouse on Thursday for the National Day of Prayer.

"I do believe in prayer ... and our country certainly needs it," Ebner said.

He joined about three dozen others who came out to hear prayers dedicated to Kosovo and to Littleton, Colo. The group swelled to more than 40 during the half hour program of prayer and music, attracting some passersby.

"I heard about this on the radio so I came on my lunch hour," said Donald Bernhisel, dressed in his work clothes from a tire installation company.

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"Prayer is important. I believe in its power," Bernhisel said.

Kaye Robucci and her husband, Dean, also believe prayer is very important.

"I believe the country really needs prayer and a return to God," Kaye Robucci said.

Dean Robucci said he has taken the opportunity to criticize our politicians, as many do. "But now I need to turn around and support them with my prayers."

Pastor John Miller of Faith Christian Fellowship led off the prayers after his wife, Melissa, sang a song.

The events in Kosovo were the subject of Pastor Dennis Whitmore's prayers.

"It takes spiritual wisdom to fight a spiritual war," Whitmore said. "We pray that God will intercede and speak to those who are making decisions."

Whitmore also offered up words for all the people who are touching lives in that part of the world currently in such turmoil.

"Let your love be shown and bring an end to the bloodshed," he said.

A different kind of bloodshed occupied the prayers of John Mauck, a member of Harvest Baptist Church. He asked for help understanding the tragedy in Littleton, Colo.

"We have pushed God out of our schools ... what can we expect?" Mauck said.

But he held out hope that God, and prayer, can turn us all around.

Miller added that churches must serve as lighthouses in these trying days.

And he said prayers will be the light, following this year's National Day of Prayer theme of Light The Nation ... With Prayer.

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