Centreville joins Day of Prayer

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

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.

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