GALLIPOLIS — The 70th annual National Day of Prayer once again featured a local observance in Gallia County which focused on this year’s theme taken from 2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
The local observance took place on Thursday on the steps of the Gallia County Courthouse, with Commissioners Harold G. Montgomery, M. Eugene Greene and Q. Jay Stapleton welcoming the public.
Montgomery, speaking on behalf of himself and his fellow commissioners, delivered the welcome. The commissioners offered up a proclamation, which in part, stated, “…we, the Board of Commissioners of Gallia County, do hereby recognize the National Day of Prayer, Thursday, May 6, 2021, for all citizens in Gallia County; and
“Be it further resolved, that we urge all Gallia County citizens to pray for our nation and community; and
“Be it further resolved, that we invite all Gallia County citizens to pray together for the health and well-being of your fellow citizens.”
The annual observance was led by Rev. Ray Kane and Rev. Nate Sherren, of Grace United Methodist Church, Gallipolis.
Also speaking at the observance, as noted in the official program presented by commissioners, were Rev. Heath Jenkins, Vinton Baptist Church; Rev. John O’Brien, River City Fellowship Church; Rev. Matt Llewellyn, First Church of the Nazarene; Deacon Steve Pyles, Paint Creek Baptist Church; Rev. Steve Sparling, Albany United Methodist Church; Rev. Randy Carnes, Elizabeth Chapel Church.
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