National Day of Prayer events invite prayer for country

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America’s faithful will pray for the country Thursday on the 62nd National Day of Prayer.

This annual observance, held on the first Thursday of May, was established in 1952.

This year’s theme is “Pray for America,” based on Matthew 12:21: “In His name the nations will put their hope.”

Last year, more than 40,000 prayer events were held on the National Day of Prayer. Churches across the area will participate Thursday with special luncheons, prayer meetings and rallies.

Learn more at nationaldayofprayer.org.

AREA EVENTS

COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

WHAT: Augusta-Richmond CountySolicitor General Kellie Kenner-McIntyre speaks at a breakfast sponsored by Miracle Making Ministries and Mayor Deke Copenhaver.

WHEN: 7:30 a.m.

WHERE: First Baptist Church of Augusta Fellowship Hall, 3500 Walton Way

LEARN MORE: (706) 736-6394

NORTH AUGUSTA MAYOR’S PRAYER LUNCHEON

WHAT: Dr. John M. Younginer, the pastor emeritus at Grace United Methodist Church, will speak.

WHEN: Noon

WHERE: North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave.

COST: $12; Tickets are available at North Augusta Parks and Recreation Department, North Augusta Chamber, North Augusta Community Center, North Augusta Municipal Center and Parks Pharmacy.

BREAKAWAY

WHAT: The business networking lunch ministry of Warren Baptist Church combines with a National Day of Prayer observance

WHEN:11:30 lunch; noon service

WHERE: Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road

COST: $6 for one or $10 for two

LEARN MORE: Warrenbaptist.org

AIKEN PRAYS FOR AMERICA

WHAT: Residents meet for outdoor prayer.

WHEN: Noon to 1 p.m.

WHERE: Outside the new Aiken Municipal Building, Laurens Street at Hayne Avenue

LEARN MORE: (804) 640-4689

AIKEN PRAYER SERVICE

WHAT: An evening prayer service led by the residents of Aiken. Signing for the deaf will be available.

WHEN: 6:45-8 p.m.

WHERE: O’Dell Weeks Recreation Center, 1700 Whiskey Road

LEARN MORE: (804) 640-4689

PRAYER AND PRAISE RALLY

WHAT: A casual service with prayer for the city, nation and world, along with teachers and law enforcement

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road

LEARN MORE: Wholelife.org

AUGUSTA NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER SERVICE

WHAT: A citywide gathering sponsored by Mayor Deke Copenhaver and the South Augusta Pastors Alliance

WHEN: 7 p.m.

WHERE: Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St.

LEARN MORE: Sacredheartaugusta.org

SHARE YOUR PRAYER

What’s your prayer for the nation? E-mail kelly.jasper@augustachronicle.com or go to facebook.com/TheAugustaChronicle to share your prayer. Look for responses in Saturday’s Your Faith section in The Augusta Chronicle.

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GiantsAllDay 05/02/13 - 12:20 am
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HUGE FACE PALM. nice, Augusta

HUGE FACE PALM. nice, Augusta Chronicle.

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GiantsAllDay 05/02/13 - 12:22 am
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In the year 2013 still

In the year 2013 still supertitous and the AC still supports this.

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GiantsAllDay 05/02/13 - 12:40 am
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This is for ICL

ICL you are my friend on here and always will be. I'm going to post my story. It is just here for the kids to read.(not you). Don't try to save me, Ok? When a child catches his parents putting gifts under the Christmas tree, they can't ever expect that child to never believe in Santa Claus can they?
It is not really important whether Jesus was a literal person who did what the Bible claims he did.

The teachings attributed to Jesus would have been attributed and gathered to someone else if not him, because that's how the world has preserved Great Teachings down through the ages.

The carriers of human wisdom never claimed to originate much--it was their followers who fudged with authorship and ascribed to them the traditional tales which came down from the ancestors.

The more interesting discussion is whether or not Christianity is a net gain or loss, based on the 2,000 years of history we have with it. Strong opinions both ways.

I used to believe "good person" was a synonym for "Christian."

After doing a lot of reading and after quite a bit of research, I woke up. One day I went to sleep believing in Jesus and in the morning I could not believe that I ever swallowed the whole story--original sin, virgin birth, resurrection, ascension, but what struck me first is,

what the HELL am I doing honoring human sacrifice?

That being willing to sacrifice (murder) your children is not only laudable (Moses was ok with it), but then God did it himself (think of the example that sets for crazy people all over the world).

Why do I revere the idea that inflicting torture can "pay" for wrongdoing committed by other people at other times....

As if that were not barbaric enough, we then EAT his body and DRINK his blood.

Well, I'm done. It was clear to me that morning that these ideas of atonement are not helpful for human progression from violence to peace or from hatred to compassion.

Seriously, and I have to say, this is just my own mental process (could be controlled by Satan for all I know) and does not disrespect the beliefs of any reading this.

My own opinion only.

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