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National Day of Prayer held Thursday
CORRIGAN -- The National Day of Prayer was held last Thursday at the city gazebo park. Several gathered and listened to the seven different types of prayer that is a tradition for the National Day of Prayer. The prayers were for our country, military, media, businesses, families, churches and education. Patrick Whitehead is the local director for the Corrigan event and is also a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Corrigan. The speakers were Pastor Phil Corbett of the First Assembly of God Church in Corrigan, Corrigan City Councilmember Johnna Lowe, Corrigan City Councilmember Irene Thompson, Lisa Thompson, Corrigan Times Editor and Union Springs Missionary Church Youth Leader Kim Popham, Monica Massey of the First Assembly Church of Corrigan and Associate Pastor Sherman Hoot of the Union Springs Missionary Church of Corrigan. As our nation struggles with continued economic insecurity, vast healthcare reform, and countless challenges to our constitutional rights, citizens of the United States gathered to exercise their freedom to worship and pray. Millions answered the call to prayer on May 2nd in observance of the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer. This year's theme, "Pray for America", is based on Matthew 12:21 which reminds us that "In His name the nations will put their hope." National Day of Prayer (NDP) Task Force Chairman Shirley Dobson, wife of Family Talk founder Dr. James Dobson, has said that, "The American people continue to be plagued with challenges that defy simple answers, and our hope lies in humbly seeking the Almighty's guidance, protection, and blessing – not only on the National Day of Prayer, but throughout the year." Senior Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship and Founder of Harvest Crusades Greg Laurie served as the 2013 Honorary Chairman of the NDP Task Force and gave the keynote address at the National Observance in Washington, D.C., The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress' proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the fi rst Thursday in May.