Greencastle area residents observe National Day of Prayer

May 05, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH


The Rev. Leon Yoder reminded the 100 people gathered in Greencastle on Thursday in observance of the National Day of Prayer that they maintain dual citizenship between the United States of America and the kingdom of God.

"We do indeed have a lot to praise our heavenly Father for on this special day (including) the fact that we live in a country that has a National Day of Prayer, that we're here without the fear of persecution," Yoder said. "We're here celebrating that privilege with those who represent all parts of our society."

Started in 1994, the Greencastle-Antrim community's observance of the National Day of Prayer again called on one person each to represent business, government, families, education, civic organizations and churches. Those representatives spoke briefly and then prayed for their groups, the community as a whole, the nation and world.


"When we offer hope in Jesus' name, it makes a difference in people's lives," said Loretta Tharp, who coordinates Operation Christmas Child and participated in disaster relief on the Gulf Coast.

Tharp, representing the churches category, said many people in the hurricane-devastated region told her that if not for the churches, they wouldn't know where to turn.

"I have watched the church shine in that area," she said.

Paul Schemel and P. Duff Rearick, representing civic organizations and the education system, respectively, chose to pray the prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi.

"O Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love," the prayer says.

Schemel explained that at the heart of charity is love.

"Love is the Christian response to evil," Schemel said.

The Rev. David Rawley offered prayer for traditional family values, Marvin Hissong for the potential work of each person's two hands and state Rep. Patrick E. Fleagle, R-Franklin, that leaders will "serve God and not the whims of man."

The National Day of Prayer was established in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

Sponsored by the Greencastle-Antrim Ministerium and the Greencastle-Antrim Women's Fellowship, the community's observance was held at the First United Methodist Church Family Life Center on North Washington Street.

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