Prairie Grove Ministerial Alliance Sponsors Prayer Gathering
PRAIRIE GROVE — Rainy, stormy weather on the outside Thursday did not deter those on the inside as many from Prairie Grove came together to pray for unity in the country, state, schools, communities and families.
Prairie Grove Ministerial Alliance annually sponsors a noontime program to recognize the National Day of Prayer. For the past two years, the service has been held at Washington County Milling Co., event center.
Keith Bostian, worship leader at Prairie Grove Christian Church, and Josh Hall, worship leader at First Baptist Church in Prairie Grove, led music, starting with the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”
Seven pastors from Prairie Grove churches took turns praying at the celebration.
Terry Gosnell, pastor of Viney Grove United Methodist Church, prayed that communities of faith would bear witness of God and love their neighbors as themselves.
“Let us mirror God to all of creation,” Gosnell said.
Vance Eubanks, pastor of Prairie Grove Christian Church, prayed for the schools, administrators, teachers and students.
Referring to troubled times, he asked God to bring safety to all schools and to be a place where children and teachers would not experience any harm.
He prayed for teachers who are committed to making a difference “day in and day out” and be on the front lines. He also prayed for students who are living in a world that puts a lot of pressure on them.
Chris Marsh, pastor of First Baptist Church, prayed for marriages, fathers and mothers and churches that minister to families.
“You ordained our homes would be a lighthouse for Jesus,” Marsh said.
He prayed that families would seek God’s guidance as they live under attack in today’s culture.
Bill Hooten, pastor of Prairie Grove Church of Christ, prayed for those involved in healthcare and for senior adults.
“I’m thankful for the generation before us and the example they set,” Hooten said. “They set an example of patriotism, loyalty and honesty. We can look to them and draw lessons from them.”
He continued, “We pray that all generations will be the good soil that wants to believe and have faith in you.”
Lee Myane, pastor of Prairie Grove United Methodist Church, prayed for the lost in the world, whether they are homeless, without a job, a widow, orphan or a migrant worker.
“We pray that we’ll have our eyes open and see those in distress,” Myane said.
Becky Purcell, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, read a prayer from a book based on scripture that can apply to many different denominations.
Brad Harris, pastor of Prairie Oaks Baptist Church, closed in prayer, remembering those who serve in the military and the sacrifices they have made for the nation.
Keith Bostian, left, and Josh Hall led the music last week at the National Day of Prayer celebration held at Washington County Milling Company in Prairie Grove. Both men serve as worship leaders at their churches.