Centreville joins Day of Prayer
CENTREVILLE — A National Day of Prayer service was held May 5 in front of the Queen Anne’s County Circuit Courthouse in Centreville. Local pastors led the hour-long prayer service for the more than 60 members of the community gathered to pray for the country, state and local officials.
Circuit Court Clerk Scott MacGlashan gave the opening remarks. “Where else in this troubled world, can we come together, regardless of our religious and political affiliations and pray?” MacGlashan asked. He echoed the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, “We must live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
Representatives from 11 area churches were present, along with the Chaplain from American Legion Jeff Davis Post 18, Commissioner Robert Buckey and officers from the Maryland State Police, Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff and Centreville Police Department.
On this 65th annual day of prayer, the Rev. Genevieve Brown, Church Hill-Burrisville United Methodist Charge, urged those gathered to be as one. “May we return our nation to the one that was found upon God,” she said.
“We know that if we repent and turn to you [God], you will heal our land. Touch us that we might be brothers and sisters again in Christ,” prayed the Rev. William Ross, New Life Community United Methodist Church.
As the pastors prayed for state and local officials, the Rev. Tom Leonard, Island Alliance Church, gave thanks, “The Lord is pleased we are gathered here together,” said Leonard. “Our hope is not in politicians, but our hope is in you, God. Thank you for our governor and his healing, continue to guide him.”
Pastors Deborah Lewis, Faith Tabernacle Church, and Arlene Taylor, Chosen Generation Church, offered prayers for the schools and churches in Queen Anne’s County.
“We pray for our Board of Education, our principals and teachers,” said Lewis, “Wake up our education system and touch those in leadership and authority as they educate our children. Help them to love and direct our children, that they would grow to be successful citizens in our communities.”
“For unity among your people, we thank you,” said Taylor, “You said, upon this rock I will build my church, that the very gates of hell will not prevail. We will come together in the name of Jesus.”
Prayers for protection for military and law enforcement were also given, as were prayers for first responders, the media and business and business owners. “Thank you to those who have taken an other to protect us, to put their lives on the line, so we might stand here freely,” said the Rev. Mark Farnell, Centreville United Methodist Church. “We do not take our freedom and liberty for granted.”
The service concluded with the New Life Community United Methodist Church Men’s Choir leading the group in singing “Amazing Grace”.
The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and encourage righteousness in the culture.
From left, Bonnie English, volunteer event planner for the National Day of Prayer in Queen Anne’s County; Scott MacGlashan, Clerk of Queen Anne’s County Circuit Court; and Commissioner Robert Buckey at the National Day of Prayer service in Centreville.
Lt. Mark Meil of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office speaks with a participant at the National Day of Prayer service in Centreville.