National Day of Prayer

'In His name the nation will put their hope'

by W. Winston Skinner

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Winston Skinner

A group of women join hands to pray at the close of the annual prayer breakfast sponsored by the Newnan Kiwanis Club.

Across Coweta County, local citizens gathered to pray on the National Day of Prayer.

The national observance is held the first Thursday in May, and this year’s NDOP brought people together for a prayer breakfast at First Baptist Church of Newnan and noon gatherings at the Greenville Street Park in Newnan and at the gazebo on Main Street in Senoia. A prayer time was also scheduled on May 2 at the Glanton Municipal Complex in Grantville, and Wesley Woods of Newnan-Peachtree City held a prayer walk at the permanent Labyrinth on the Wesley Woods grounds on May 3.

A light rain fell in Senoia as about 50 people gathered at the gazebo. City Administrator Richard Ferry thanked Scott McInnis, pastor of WellSpring Church, for organizing the event and “all the other churches in the area helping out.” “I love to see the pastors from other churches come together” for the annual program, McInnis said.

Participating churches included Legacy, Vineyard, Turin United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church of Senoia, Senoia United Methodist Church and Well Spring. 

“We have churches coming together in our community to left up the name of Jesus Christ, and I think that’s wonderful,” McInnis said. “All over the country, people are gathered in thousands of cities just like we’re doing.”

McInnis said the goal of the day is a simple one -- for people of faith “to humbly come before the throne” and pray. “In times when we don’t know where to turn, He will answer,” the pastor said. “Today we are gathered as a community and as a city to pray.”

“In His name the nations will put their hope.”

Music at the Senoia event was provided by Matt Knipp, who accompanied himself on the guitar. “It’s a blessing as we gather together in His name,” he said. “If you pronounce it ‘Senoy’ or ‘Senoya,’ this city belongs to God.”

Several people offered prayers for specific sectors of society. Praying were April Anderson, Brent Anderson, Griff Jones, Nathaniel Long and Roy Roberson.

The downtown Newnan program also had people from various churches praying -- along with music. The annual prayer breakfast was sponsored by the Newnan Kiwanis Club.



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