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Locals participate in 'Day of Prayer'

May. 02, 2013 @ 11:09 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Approximately 100 people attended Thursday's prayer ceremony at the Cabell County Courthouse.

The event, held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, involved local dignitaries offering prayers for God's guidance in government, education and family.

Huntington Mayor Steve Williams welcomed attendees, reciting a psalm in calling Thursday "a day the Lord has made." He further said his administration and others who serve the community rely on the prayers of everyone.

"While we are standing here before the Lord, we are standing here with other faith traditions as well, who are welcome members of our community and integrated within," he said. "It is through their prayers, our prayers, that our city will continue to move forward."

The Rev. Richard Revely of Central United Methodist Church in Huntington was among those attending the event.

"It's exposure to not only our country, but for our city that they might know that we are serious about the movement of God," he said. "That movement of God can cause unity and hope for those that are distraught, and we can effectively touch the lives of the homeless and the alcoholic and the broken families."

Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook spurred a couple to shout amen when he mentioned addiction in a prayer, which also sought peace, protection and compassion for his officers.

"Bind and remove the spirit of addiction and its effects from our homes," he prayed.

The Rev. Bob Withers, a retired reporter for The Herald-Dispatch, offered a prayer for the media asking that God empower objectivity within journalists to more fairly represent the Christian faith.

Jeremy Dalton, a member of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries at Marshall University, offered a prayer for his campus and society asking God to "raise parents up to be the priest and priestesses of their house," at a time when he cited studies saying society is bringing up "the most Biblical illiterate generation of all time."

Roslyn F. Foster closed the ceremony saying it would be her last. Afterwards, she cited health issues as her reason for stepping down after eight years of organizing the event.

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