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National Day of Prayer observance is Thursday here

National Day of Prayer will be observed in the city of Barnesville at the Christian Family Life Center of First Baptist Church at the corner of Zebulon and Sardis Streets from 12:10 to 12:40 p.m. Thursday, May 7. This year’s NDP program will include First Baptist Church of Barnesville’s minister of music Greg Burrell who will lead hymns and the National Anthem, preand post-service songs performed by the Lamar County Comprehensive High School Concert Band under the direction of An’Cheyl Green. The welcoming message will be delivered by education pastor of First Baptist Russ Jenkins. The superintendent of Lamar County Public Schools Dr. Jute Wilson will be the civic representative. A responsive reading will be led by Dana Overton-Garrett, pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Barnesville. Special music will be provided by the Rock Springs Men’s Quartet, composed of Zach Berry, Steve Pattison, Ricky Shepherd and Cameron Shiflett. A Prayer of Confession will be led by Sherri Studdard, pastor of Ebenezer and Aldora United Methodist churches. Presenting the Colors will be the LCCHS ROTC under the direction of Major Paul Stinson. The pledge to the U.S. Flag and pledge to the Christian Flag will be led by Steve Pattison, seniors and care pastor at Rock Springs Church. The NDP devotional will be shared by Kurt Bacon, pastor of Ramah Primitive Baptist Church. Prayers for the nation will be led by Dr. Jeffrey Morgan, pastor of Antioch Baptist Church. The benediction will be led by Craig Ogletree, pastor of Greater Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church. The 2015 NDP theme is ‘Lord, Hear Our Cry,’ based on 1 Kings 8:28 which says, ‘Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.’ Lunch will be available at 12:40 p.m. for a $1 donation towards the Lamar Christian Ministerial Association fund at the church kitchen. The LCMA fund goes to help individuals and families in need. The public is invited to attend this community-wide event.

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