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Leaning on prayer

Area turns out for day of events

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Faith-based communities in northeastern Kentucky turned out by the hundreds for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday.

About 150 gathered in the Transportation Center in Ashland in the morning for the 16th annual Prayer Breakfast while another 120 attended a prayer event at the Kyova Mall in the afternoon. Dozens also went to the Greenup County Prayer Walk in the evening.

It was a day bathed in prayer.

“We want to pray not only this day but every day,” the Rev. Ike Nicholson told those assembled in the Transportation Center.

Boyd County High School principal Tom Holbrook led prayer for education and schools at both the breakfast meeting and the afternoon meeting.

Sen. Robin Webb, D-Grayson, led the prayer for government at the Kyova Hall. “No party or political figure can only lead America,” she said. “Prayer is what leads America.”

Webb, who sits on a committee with the Kentucky Baptist Convention, introduced a bill that would allow the Bible to be used in education as an elective.

The theme for the National Day of Prayer was “Wake Up America. “America needs prayers now more than ever,” said Gary Arrington, the former Garner Baptist pastor, who emceed the Kyova Mall event.

Both of the events including musical performances from John Thornsberry (in Ashland) and Jeff Ferguson, and Nola and Johnda Holbrook (in Summit).

Boyd County High School JROTC presented the colors at Kyova.

Garner Baptist Church hosted the afternoon prayer meeting and King’s Daughters Medical Center and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital co-sponsored the breakfast meeting.

In each event, prayers for the seven pillars were led by community leaders. The seven pillars are family, education, business, religion, government, arts and entertainment and media.

At the Greenup County prayer walk, seven stations are set up along the path and walkers stop to pray at each spot.

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