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Faithful to gather in prayer


By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

Ellis County Christians are invited to come together with a common purpose -- praying for the U.S. -- during a special event Thursday.

The 63rd annual National Day of Prayer will be observed from noon to 1 p.m. in front of the Ellis County Courthouse.

There also will be a prayer breakfast from 7 to 9 a.m. at Liberty Foursquare Church, 120 W. Ninth. The breakfast had been a tradition in years past, but there has not been such an event in at least the past five years, said Normadine Noone, chairperson of this year's planning committee.

"I think the need for prayer for our nation is so strong that we felt it would be important to have another time available," she said. "Not everyone can make it at noon.

"We do ask, if they're not available to join us, that they stop what they're doing and take time to pray for our nation."

The theme for this year's event is based on Romans 15:6: "So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ."

There will be seven areas of focused prayer at both events: Government, church, military, family, education, media and business.

The breakfast will include a time of personal and group prayer, as well a DVD highlighting the history of the national event.

Pastors and community members will lead prayers in each of the seven areas at the noon-hour event, with participants also praying in groups with other believers.

"We come together from all of our different faith backgrounds," said Eugenia Spady, who also is helping to organize this year's event.

The initiative has been observed in Ellis County since at least the early 1990s.

The goal is to remind all Christians how important it is to pray for the nation on a regular basis, Spady said.

"Hopefully, it will just encourage us to pray every day."