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Day of Prayer set for May 2

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Although events will be scaled backed, there will be no less praying May 2 as Grant County celebrates the National Day of Prayer.
Volunteers from several local churches are joining to organize the event, which is in its fifth year in the county.
In previous years, the day kicked off with a free breakfast and included a free luncheon and evening prayer service.
This year’s celebration, however, will be “vastly simplified and very focused,” said Pastor Tony McKinnon of Family Worship Center of Grant County.
There will be only one public event from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.on the front steps of the Grant County Courthouse.
After beginning with music, ministers from several local churches will lead prayers.
“We’re going to cover seven points of prayer,” McKinnon said. “Those seven we will cover are basically the mind molders that shape any culture. They are family, arts and entertainment, education, religion, business, government and media.”
“We just felt to really focus on our society, on our country, these seven areas are really what shape our culture,” he said. “If we don’t have Godly influence in each of these areas, then the culture slowly erodes.”
Five prayer request boxes are spread across the county at Spears Foundation’s Free Lunch Kitchen, Helping Hands, Lori’s Cafe, Helping Out People Everywhere (H.O.P.E.) and Beans.
The prayer boxes will also be at the courthouse during the event.
Several churches will take those requests back to their churches to pray for them during evening services during a special National Day of Prayer service.
The annual celebration of prayer has been well attended the past few years and McKinnon said he hopes to attract as many people as possible again this year.
“We certainly know that prayer is powerful,” he said. “It’s vital. According to the scriptures, God pours out his blessing where he finds unity. So, we just really believe that there is power, not only in prayer, but in the unity of our community as we come together.”