It’s a day to pray for leaders, and people across the area are marking Thursday, the National Day of Prayer, with several gatherings.
“I believe we are living in a time when prayer is the only thing that’s going to get us through,” said Michele Haynes, the minister of youth and special services at Whole Life Ministries, which will be the site of a prayer and praise rally at 7 p.m.
The church has been sponsoring a citywide prayer and praise event for about 10 years, said Haynes. There will be music and times of prayer during the evening. Not only will government leaders be the focus of prayer, but there also will be a time of prayer for teachers and those in law enforcement.
Recent events, she said, have shown the importance of praying for people who work in those areas.
Haynes said she expects the event to last about two hours, and the entire community is invited.
In Aiken, there will be two events during the day, according to Richard Rollins, who is part of an informal National Day of Prayer committee made up of members of several Aiken churches.
From noon to 1 p.m., people will gather in front of the Aiken Municipal Court building on Laurens Street to pray.
From 6:45 to 8:15 p.m., there will be another event at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center.
“We will have music and scripture readings,” Rollins said. “We will pray for the government, media, churches and families.”
He said people of all faiths are welcome to attend the events.
Another event in Augusta will be the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, hosted by Miracle Making Ministries.
It will be at 7:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Augusta.
For more information, call (706) 736-6394.
In North Augusta, there will a National Day of Prayer luncheon at noon at North Augusta Community Center with Dr. John Younginer Jr. speaking.
Tickets are $12 and are available at North Augusta Parks and Recreation Department, North Augusta Chamber, North Augusta Community Center, North Augusta Municipal Center and Parks Pharmacy.