Richmond celebrates National Day of Prayer
May 7 – Local leaders and citizens gathered Thursday in the courtyard of the Madison County Courthouse to participate in the National Day of Prayer.
Pastors and ministers from various churches in the community led those gathered in prayers for different groups such as educators, politicians, military and first responders.
“We’re praying for our nation and various parts of our community. We’ve kind of refined some things, but that doesn’t mean to leave anyone out,” Pastor James Atherton of College Hill Methodist Church told the crowd. the steps of the courthouse. “We have several leaders, pastors and others who come to pray… We want you to be in the spirit of prayer!”
Atherton served as emcee. He was followed by Minister Henry C. Kenney of the First Baptist Church, who led the attendees in song.
Pastor Floyd Ballew of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church then spoke to several elected leaders and those seeking election in the upcoming local elections in a prayer for the government. Among the group of candidates were Richmond Mayor Robert Blythe, Madison County Executive Judge Reagan Taylor, Richmond City Commissioner candidate Matthew Vaughn and jailer candidate Faye Winkler). Ballew also included national and state leaders in his prayer.
“…We thank you for your presence in this place. Lord, we ask now that your blessings be extended to all who serve in our government. Lord, we would like to begin with President of the United States Joe Biden, Vice -President Kamala Harris. Lord all our Senators and State Representatives,” Bellew said in prayer. “We pray, dear Heavenly Father, for our members and congresswomen, Lord, we pray for the House… Let them all know, dear heavenly father, that they must submit to your will.”
Richmond Police Department Deputy Chief William O’Donnell and Madison County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Stotts were also present at the event.
The theme for the 2022 National Day of Prayer was “Exalt the Lord Who Established Us”, which comes from the book of Colossians in the Bible.
“As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted and edified in him, established in the faith, as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving,” said Atherton, who used the Scriptures to describe this theme.
A wide variety of groups and even an addiction crisis received prayer support at the event. They included:
—Churches, with Pastor Sherry Greene of St. Paul’s Methodist AME Church leading the prayer.
—The military, with Pastor Bruce Nettleton of the First United Methodist Church leading the prayer.
—Families, with Pastor David Evans of the Corinth Christian Church leading the prayer.
—Education, with Pastor Patrick Messer of the First Christian Church leading the prayer.
—Media, with Pastor Steve Lewis of Southside Church leading the prayer.
—Business, with Rev. Mary Metzger of St. Thomas Lutheran Church leading the prayer.
—The drug addiction epidemic in Richmond, with Pastor Howard Miller of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church leading the prayer.
—First responders, with Pastor Rob Taylor of Tates Creek Baptist Church leading the prayer.
Taylor said he was honored to attend the event in a statement to the registry.
“It is always an absolute honor to be part of the National Day of Prayer. Mitch Brown today quoted the verse from 2 Chronicles that says ‘If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, pray and turn away of his wicked then I will hear from heaven and forgive their sin and heal their land.’ This is so true for our community. Prayer is an important part of my daily life and I am proud that our community can come together and pray for our neighbor, our leaders and our friends,” said the executive judge.