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National Day of Prayer

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By Calen McKinney

They gathered on the steps, kneeled and spoke to God.

The group also sang songs about America and read scriptures from the Bible. They prayed together for our community.

Thursday was National Day of Prayer. In honor of the day, about 35 people gathered at the Taylor County Courthouse steps. The event was one of several around the nation offering inspirational music and prayer. Those who attended received an "I Prayed" sticker.

A balloon launch, symbolizing the group's prayers being released to God, followed the ceremony.

The event featured prayers by those from different walks of life, according to Bible Baptist Tabernacle Pastor Bob Cutler.

Nan Williams prayed to represent mothers. Local attorney John Bertram led the group in prayer on behalf of attorneys.

Nathaniel Lauritzen, 9, prayed on behalf of children, and Levi Osborne prayed on behalf of teenagers.

Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen and Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers both told the crowd they were thankful to live in a community in which a group can meet and pray together.

The event was sponsored by Bible Baptist Tabernacle.

- Staff Writer Calen McKinney can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or by e-mail at reporter@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.