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April 24, 2014

Fairfield Glade Council of Churches to celebrate National Day of Prayer

CROSSVILLE — Thursday, May 1 marks the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer. The theme this year is "One Voice, United in Prayer!"

Again this year, the Fairfield Glade Council of Churches is sponsoring the National Day of Prayer program. We'll be gathering around the band–shell at Mirror Lake at the intersection of Peavine Rd. and Stonehenge Dr. (the 4–Way Stop) in Fairfield Glade. 

The activities will start at 11 a.m. and generally last about 45 minutes. Bring your lawn chair, plan to arrive early and pick your favorite spot. We will meet, rain or shine! In case of rain, the program will be moved to the Robin Hood Park Pavilion at the intersection of Peavine and Snead.

This year's scripture, Romans 15:6 reads "So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," ties in perfectly with our theme of "One Voice, United in Prayer." We, the people as individuals, as a community and as a country, must place our faith in the unfailing character of our Creator, God. He alone is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men.

Anne Graham Lotz, the 2014 Honorary NDP Chairperson, has written a special prayer which will be read simultaneously throughout the nation at noon (EDT). Think about it! A huge wave of millions of prayers flowing from one coast to the other, illustrating the unity of God's people and acknowledging His dominion over the circumstances facing our nation.

At this crucial time in our country, we can do nothing more important than pray. Please mark your calendar, make the necessary arrangements to get off work if necessary, offer to pick up a neighbor who doesn't drive, carpool from your neighborhood; in other words, we need to make this a priority ... God needs to hear directly from our hearts. 

If you would like additional information on ways you can assist or volunteer, the local NDP staff has assembled a variety of resources that describe how to organize and publicize prayer breakfasts, worship services and rallies. They also have creative ideas for establishing meaningful devotional times for individuals and families. Please call 800–444–8828 to find out more.

Meet you at the Band Shell on Thursday, May 1, at 11 a.m.!

Here is the proposed Order of Service:

• 10:45 a.m.– Gather and Greet – welcome guests and participants, including the Veteran's Honor Guard of Cumberland County.

• Marty Gibson, Director of Music at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church – lead The Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner.

• Becky Smith, Pastoral Assistant at Westminster Presbyterian Church –  prayer for all our national government leaders.

• Ralph Seeh, Fairfield Glade Community Church – prayer for our state and local elected and appointed officials, including FFG board members, general manager, staff, security and fire department.

• Leonard Markham, Pastor of Fairfield Glade First Baptist Church – prayer for the church, local, national and global.

• Music – Battle Hymn of the Republic.

• Carl Hall, Chaplain of Corp of Chaplains – prayer for our military, all branches, past and present, serving all over the world.

• Lanita Monroe, Associate Pastor at Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church – prayer for our families.

• Music – (to be announced.)

• Tom Carter, Fairfield Glade Christ Lutheran Church – prayer for educators, teachers and students.

• Jack Smith, St. Francis Catholic Church – prayer for our economy and businesses, local, county, state and national.

• Bob Cleeland, Fellowship Baptist Church – prayer for all forms of media, local, county, state and national.

• Program will close with everyone united in praying The Lord's Prayer.

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