POINT PLEASANT — The 65th National Day of Prayer returns Thursday, May 5, with a local observance once again being held on the steps of the Mason County Courthouse.
The event is from noon to 1:30 p.m. with several speakers praying for specific topics. In addition, there will be singing and the Erewanna Jefferies Outreach Award and the Paul Chapman Shepherd’s Recognition Award will also be presented.
This year’s event theme is “Wake Up, America” and the corresponding verse is: Isaiah 58:1 “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression.”
According to Mason County event coordinator Denise Bonecutter, the itinerary for the National Day of Prayer is as follows:
The National Anthem will be performed by The Waugh Sisters (Maggie, Jonnie Dawn and Emmie from Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Ashton). Point Pleasant Mayor Brian Billings will give the welcome message. The Pledge of Allegiance will be lead by the Fisherman’s Net Youth Choir represented by Olivia Knapp and Andrew, Matthew and Mark Kincaid.
Prayer representatives will then take the podium to pray for various topics and areas of concern as follows:
Delegate Jim Butler, R-Gallipolis Ferry, will pray for government. Staff Sgt. Monica Willis, brigade chaplain assistant of the 111th Engineers West Virginia Army National Guard, will pray for the military. The Rev. Chip Bennett, pastor at Bellemead UM Church, will pray for family. Wayne Sanders, Mason County/Putnam County Right to Life president and West Virginia state treasurer, will pray for the pro-life movement.
David Bonecutter, Point Pleasant Junior/Senior High School teacher and assistant wrestling coach, will pray for education. The Revs. Jack and Nancy Mayes, pastors at Beech Hill, Salem and Bechtel UM churches, and from Main Street Photography, will pray for business. The Rev. Bob Wiseman, pastor at Macedonia Independent Fundamental Church, will pray for media. The Rev. Mark Mayes, pastor at Point of Faith Independent Fundamental Church, will pray for church.
There will also be additional musical performances by The Waugh Sisters.
Those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In the event of rain, the event will be inside the Mason County Library.
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