Residents of many different denominations took time to observe the National Day of Prayer across the Upper Ohio Valley Thursday.
Those at the Cameron City Building bowed their heads and removed their hats as pastors of the city's churches lead the community in prayer for local, state and national government as well as those who have served in the military for this year's focus of "Pray for America."
"We come together in praise to the Lord, thanking him for our blessings in America," Steve Davis, vice president of the Blue and Gold Christian Center, said. "God is not angry at America. He loves us and pours down his blessings on us."
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Pastor Don Marsh from Ohio Valley Christian Center drops to his knees in prayer, seeking healing for the country and the city during Thursday’s National Day of Prayer at Heritage Port as others bow their heads in prayer.
Cameron Mayor Julie Beresford opened the service with the signing of Cameron's Day of Prayer Proclamation declaring the date as the city's official day of prayer for 2013.
Members of the Cameron Elementary Chorus conducted by Donna Clark brought patriotic spirit through music singing the National Anthem and "God Bless America." The Cameron High School chorus sang "Sanctus" directed by Dirk Roe and the Cameron High School band performed "A Celebration of Praise" under the direction of Nancy Fullerton.
"This is the first time I've attended," Cameron area resident Martha Anderson said. "I was healed of cancer, so this means a lot to pray together."
In Moundsville, the program included special music by Brian and Shawn Chrisagis, with George Burdette leading in the singing of "God Bless America." The event also included the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Pledge to the Christian Flag.
The program included the reading of the National Prayer by Rev. Jim Higginson, pastor of the Temple Baptist Church; a special for the Nation by Rev. J. Thomas Steele, pastor of the Moundsville Baptist Church; the prayer for our national leaders by Rev. Tim Wilt, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church; prayer for our state leaders by Rev. Ron Wilfong, pastor of the Cornerstone Church of God; prayer for our families and economy by Capt. Janna Torgerson of the Salvation Army; prayer for local community leaders by Rev. Wesley Howsare of the First Christian Church; for schools, churches and businesses by Rev. Greg Blair, pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church and the Washington Lands United Methodist Church; prayer for the military by Rev. John Keener, pastor of the Church of the Nazarene. The benediction was given by Rev. Higginson.