Prairie Grove Min­is­te­rial Al­liance Spon­sors Prayer Gath­er­ing

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - DAY OF PRAYER - By Lynn Kut­ter

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.

LYNN KUT­TER EN­TER­PRISE-LEADER

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.

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