LIFESTYLE

Greencastle-Antrim community turns to God during National Day of Prayer

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Dorcas Oberholzer greeted Bob Stoner at National Day of Prayer on May1. Dorcas Gearhart, right, was also a member of the G-A Women’s Fellowship hospitality committee.

Various community members were united in their assessment that prayer was needed in every aspect of life. Approximately 60 people attended the May 1 Greencastle Antrim National Day of Prayer to observe the annual event.

With the theme “One Voice United in Prayer”, the program centered around Romans 15:6 - “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Rev. Stacy Crawford, pastor of host First United Methodist Church, said the Mayflower Compact and Constitution had been written for religious people, who now had drifted away from the time-honored concepts in favor of entertainment.

“How long can America live without God?” he asked. “It is and should be one nation under God.”

Frank Webster Jr., vice president of Greencastle Borough Council, recited the First Continental Congress prayer from 1774. Joel Fridgen, G-A Chamber of Commerce executive director, encouraged people in the business world with strong faith to pray for the weak, including co-workers and leaders.

Retired pastor Gayle Ruble reflected that the privileges of non-believers were taking the place of sacred principles, so that “a good old Holy Ghost revival” of God’s people was needed. Homemaker Pam Risser spoke on behalf of families, and the relationships within each. People needed to pray for forgiveness and help to obey God.

Marty Zimmerman III, a grad student, asked for blessings on the school board and the educational system, that decisions would benefit future generations, and equip students so that “they inherit the best we have to offer.”

Pastor Milton Herrold, Macedonia United Brethren Church, prayed for the military, and that Christians serve their country, but serve first the Lord Jesus Christ.

Special music was provided by Janet Williams, Barbara Ezolt and David Besecker. Reverend David Rawley performed a skit, with the voice of God by Reverend Martin Horn.

An outdoor service followed, led by Rawley, pastor of Otterbein United Brethren Church.

The G-A National Day of Prayer was sponsored by Greencastle-Antrim Ministerium and G-A Women’s Fellowship.