Community, campus join for National Day of Prayer

PUBLIC PRAYER: The Rev. James Young, together with his daughter, Adalusia Young, leads a prayer for leadership and government at all levels during the National Day of Prayer observance on Thursday morning at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

PUBLIC PRAYER: The Rev. James Young, together with his daughter, Adalusia Young, leads a prayer for leadership and government at all levels during the National Day of Prayer observance on Thursday morning at Ferris State University in Big Rapids. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

BIG RAPIDS — With the words and music echoing from nearby buildings, dozens of people gathered to observe National Day of Prayer on Thursday.

Created in 1952 and celebrated on the first Thursday in May, the purpose of National Day of Prayer is to invite people of all faiths to pray for the nation.

The Rev. Carrie Adams, administrative pastor at Christian Life Ministries church, together with a committee of community members, organized the fourth annual Day of Prayer event on the campus of Ferris State University. Dozens of students and community members gathered on the campus quad to pray and reflect.

“National Day of Prayer is important to recognize and observe because it’s a way to remember we need God for guidance and direction,” Adams said. “If we’re not in communication with Him, we can really be off base from what He wants us to do.”

Some students were drawn in by the music led by Chris Jane and thought having the event on campus was a good idea.

“I actually just heard them from over at the Starr building,” said freshman Chelsea Welch, of Big Rapids. “I think it’s a great idea because it attracts people and then they become curious.”

JOINING TOGETHER: Dozens of community members and Ferris State University students came together during the National Day of Prayer observance on Thursday in the campus quad. Some people chose to sit in the provided chairs while others stood in the rear, leaving when their schedules required. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

JOINING TOGETHER: Dozens of community members and Ferris State University students came together during the National Day of Prayer observance on Thursday in the campus quad. Some people chose to sit in the provided chairs while others stood in the rear, leaving when their schedules required. (Pioneer photo/Candy Allan)

Several community members also were on hand during the event, including the Rev. David Watkins, of Rogers Heights Christian Church and a member of the organizing committee.

“Having the event at the school is a unique opportunity because there are a lot of students here who are in need of prayer,” Watkins said. “I think people need prayer to live their lives.”

Attendees could pick up small bags with water and information and write an anonymous prayer request on a sticky note to attach to the prayer wall or drop in the prayer box.

Interspersed with music, several area religious leaders led prayers for the nation, from leadership and government to business, the military, families and churches.

“National Day of Prayer is a significant movement with a long history of making a difference in our country,” Watkins said. “Our country today needs prayer. It’s kind of like Abraham Lincoln said — Who else do we have to go to? God is it.”

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Posted by Candy Allan

Candy is the Pioneer's associate editor. She also coordinates the Family & Friends, Religion and Parenting pages. She can be reached by phone at (231) 592-8386 or by e-mail at callan@pioneergroup.com.

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