Thursday, May 11, 2006
Community comes together in prayer
By SUE WATSON
Local participation continues to grow each year in the National Day of Prayer, celebrated at noon on the courthouse lawn Thursday in Holly Springs.
Numerous churches participated this year with members from Slayden Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Potts Camp, Holly Hills Baptist Church, New Hope CME Church, Anderson Chapel CME Church, Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Finley Grove MB Church, Concord Church, New Community Baptist Church, Rising Star M.B. Church, Bridgeway Baptist Church, Red Banks Baptist Church, Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Bethany Baptist Church and Heritage Apostolic Church.
About 40 individuals signed in after the program.
Mississippi Army National Guard Chaplin Terry Partin from West Point delivered an inspirational message following the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” by Annie Moffitt.
Partin spoke first of the glory he feels to see the American Flag, usually the first thing a soldier serving in the U.S. military sees on an Army base on foreign soil.
He claimed freedom that Americans enjoy because “God allowed us to be free, not because of American ingenuity.”
Partin volunteered for service in Iraq.
After reading Psalms 91, scripture offering protection and deliverance, Partin elaborated on the power of prayer, saying the prayers in the homeland are felt on the battle fields in Iraq.
He spoke of the many instances of improvised explosive devices that didn’t go off when military vehicles passed by, of rockets fired into military compounds that failed to explode, of buildings hit by mortar rounds that harmed no one.
“That’s not (because of) ingenuity. That’s God’s hand,” Partin said. “Your prayers make a difference. America is still blessed because there is a faithful remnant.”
Prayer was offered up for the national, state and local elected officials, whom Partin said, “God allows to hold authority.”
Prayers were said for the churches, especially churches in the South.
“I believe the South is a place where God would start and move out if there was any place He would in the U.S.,” Partin said.
Prayers were offered for soldiers and for the memory of those fallen in war, and for those who lost loved ones in war.
“Protect everyone in the fight,” Partin prayed.
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