Williston prays for America

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By Carolyn Ten Broeck, Editor

Over 75 people braved threatening skies to attend Williston's National Day of Prayer ceremony at noon last Thursday.

Speakers, representing more than a half dozen churches, took turns praying for the country, state, leaders and families during the hour-long service held at the gazebo in Heritage Park.

The ceremony marks the 62nd year for the National Day of Prayer, said Williston organizer Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat. The theme for this year’s commemoration is “Pray for America” , Hethcoat said.

George Lambda read a proclamation from President Barack Obama designating May 2 as the  official National Day of Prayer.

Wes Smith, pastor of the Williston Church of God urged those in attendance to not only praise but to seek the face of God.

Williston Mayor R. Gerald Hethcoat led the attendees in "God Bless America" before the prayer service was concluded by the Rev. Charlz Caldwell, who delivered the benediction.

Others praying were:

Father Rob Trujillo– “You are love itself,” he prayed, asking God to dispel hate and all forms of aggression.

Willie Battles– “Prayer changes things,” he said, praying that morality be restored.

Matt Copeland– “In God we trust,” he affirmed, praying for the nation’s Armed Forces.

Keith Stewart–Praying for the U.S. Congress, he said, “many have  forgotten what it is like to be servants...Jesus is the example.” He asked for God to remind them of their servitude.

Keith Langford–In praying for state leaders, he echoed Stewart. “Be leaders who will direct people in the right direction and wake up to their responsibilties to the people of Florida.”

Eric Brooks–Prayed for this nation to use its resources and for job creation and future economic growth.

Tim Hass–Gave thanks for Christian leaders in local government positions.

Jason Cason–Prayed for educators and asked for God to be present from the beginning of the school years through graduation.

Johnnie Jones–Prayed for families. “God loves families and he created mankind to be His family. He created Eve to be Adam’s helpmeet.”

 Also praying was a representative from Shalom Church and the Rev. Charlz Caldwell who delivered the benediction after the attendees sang “God Bless America.”