Boyd and Greenup countians will bathe their communities, state and nation in prayer throughout the day as the 2014 National Day of Prayer is marked on Thursday.

Events are scheduled in Ashland in the morning, at the Kyova Mall all day and in Greenup County in the evening.

The Ashland Transportation Center in the 1500 block of Greenup Avenue will be the site for the first prayer and praise meeting at 7:30 a.m.

Ashland City Commissioner Marty Gute said the format will be to honor seven in the community who are spiritual leaders in the areas of education, media, business, religion, family, arts and entertainment and government.

The two area hospitals, King’s Daughters Medical Center and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital, will serve as co-hosts. Chick-fil-A and Tudor’s Biscuit World will provide a complementary breakfast.

Gute said the idea is to “ask God’s favor and blessing over our city.”

He said the hospitals coming together as sponsors is “an answered prayer in itself and a bridge-building of these two institutions.”

Representatives for the specific areas will be David Greene (education), George Davis (government), Jim Forrest (media), Deanna Bradley (arts and entertainment), Steve Barber (family), Steve Barfield (business) and Ike Nicholson (religion). Each will offer a prayer for their area, Gute said.

 Garner Missionary Baptist Church will host daylong events at the Kyova Mall to mark this year’s emphasis.

A community chapel will be open for prayer and meditation from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and coffee will be served throughout the day.

 Bottled water will be distributed to walkers and patrons in the morning and a traditional prayer service in the food court area will be from noon to 1 p.m.

 Pastors Gary Arrington, Jeff Ferguson, Mike Blankenship and Greenup Association Director of Missions Butch Kiger will lead in message and prayer. An afternoon prayer tea with refreshments will be from 2 to 4 p.m., and a faith-based coffeehouse with guitar music and vocalists will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Featured musicians will be Chris Feller, Mike Cochran, Tim Woods and Johnda Holbrook. Coffee and pastries will be served.

For more information about the Garner event, call (606) 922-1442.

Boyd County Republican Women’s Club has scheduled a prayer event for 5:30 p.m. at Central Park near the gazebo. Mayor Chuck Charles will be speaking.

Greenup County’s annual NDP Prayer Walk will be at 6:30 p.m. from Bridges Christian Church in Russell. The walk, which is a little more than a mile, will be to Advance Memorial United Methodist Church in Flatwoods and back to Bridges. There will be seven prayer stations along the way, said Kevin Fraley of Bridges. Prayer guides will be provided to attendees.

Fraley said several Greenup County churches participate in the walk and provide water. Dana Goodwin, a member of First Baptist Church in Russell, coordinates the event every year. This year’s theme is “One Voice United in Prayer.”

Those who are unable to walk may “stay and pray” in the Bridges parking lot. Walkers may choose to walk to Advance and back or use shuttle service for return.

“It has grown almost every year,” Fraley said. “Last year we had a very good turnout with a lot of the Greenup County churches coming. We anticipate the same thing again this year. It’s about all our communities being together. You don’t have to be from Greenup County to participate. We welcome anyone who wants to walk.”

For more about the 63rd annual observance, visit nationaldayofprayer.org.

MARK MAYNARD can be reached at mmaynard@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2648.

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