HAZARD—Several community members and religious leaders gathered at the Hazard Amphitheater for lunch on Thursday—though not to enjoy a free lunch, but to share and participate in the 2014 National Day of Prayer.
The National Day of Prayer has been celebrated since 1952, and is meant to be a day where everyone in the nation with a religious affiliation can come together and pray for the nation’s military, political leaders, media, businesses, families, and citizens at the same time.
The program in Hazard, hosted by the Perry County Ministerial Fellowship, began at noon with a welcoming from Emily Hudson, pastor of the Commonbond Christian Fellowship Ministries and the presentation of colors by the Perry County Central JROTC.
Numerous local church leaders, civic leaders, and community members stood and led those in attendance in prayers for the military, law enforcement, and first responders; the nation and national leaders; the state and state leaders; the city, county, and local leaders; families; the youth and children; Israel; churches and church leaders; and for revival of spirit.
To close the ceremony, participants released balloons while reciting a group prayer for this year’s National Day of Prayer.
Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.