National Day of Prayer observance set for Thursday in Columbus

April 26, 2014 9:58:47 PM

Jan Swoope - [email protected]


The privately-funded Christian Community in Prayer committee invites citizens of Columbus and surrounding areas to join together in front of the Lowndes County Courthouse at 505 Second Ave. N. The prayer focus is "One voice united in prayer." 


Glenn Lautzenhiser is part of the Christian Community in Prayer committee, which was established to encourage local recognition of the National Day of Prayer and urge citizens to pray for the country, its families and leaders. 


"Every decision or endeavor should be convened with prayer," said Lautzenhiser. "Prayer has power over everything in life." 


Connely Dale, representing First Baptist Church, will open the 45-minute event with music at noon. Opening remarks by Bill Thurlow of WLZA Radio, the presentation of flags by the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard and remarks by Sims will follow. Representatives from various segments of the community will offer prayers for government, the military, media, families, churches, youth and education, and business.  


They include Lowndes County District 4 Supervisor Jeff Smith; Virgil Kimbrell, U.S. Navy Reserves, retired; Rev. R.H. Brown of WCBI; Dr. Bob Meek of Meek Counseling Services; Todd Mordecai of East End Baptist Church; Tyson Lee of the Mississippi State University Fellowship of Christian Athletes; and Cheri Smith of New Life Christian Supplies. 


The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. President Ronald Reagan signed a public law in 1988 marking the first Thursday in May as the annual observance.

Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.