|'Pray for America' theme for observance|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Religion Editor|
|Friday, 26 April 2013 09:56|
Once again church, elected officials, and other area folks will join with people across the nation in celebration of the annual National Day of Prayer.
The annual "Observance Day Rally" will be held at noon on Thursday outside the steps at the former entrance of the Wood County Courthouse on Court Street.
Rev. Kristel Asmus, the coordinator for the local observation stresses the importance of this year's observance, in light of the recent news from Boston, Texas and countless other tragedies across the United States and the globe over the past year.
The theme this year is "Pray for America" and the scripture verse is Matt. 12:21 "In His Name the nations will put their hope."
This year's Wood County observance will open with the "Presentation of the Colors by the 620th Cadet Wing Color Guard, from the Bowling Green State University Air Force ROTC.
Local singing artist, Abby Paskvan will sing the national anthem as well as other songs including "God Bless America" and "Amazing Grace."
Prayers will be offered by Rev. Gary Saunders, of First Presbyterian Church of Bowling Green, and various other leaders. Saunders also serves as the president of the Bowling Green Ministerial Association. He will offer prayers for the nation and our president.
Pastor Larry Garzony, Rudolph Christian Church will lead the prayer for the military; Father Mark Davis, St. Aloysius Catholic Church, will pray for the state and local governments; Wood County Prosecutor Paul Dobson, will lead the prayer for law enforcement and protection; Clint Corpe of Panera's will lead the business prayer; Thad Long from the Department of Recreation and Wellness at BGSU, will focus his prayer on education; Pastor Tom Mullins of First Baptist Church lead the prayer on churches; while Pastor Rick Broughton of Weston Church of Christ will pray for families.
The program will also include several speakers, including Bowling Green's mayor Richard A. Edwards; the county commissioners, Jim Carter, Doris Herringshaw and Joel Kuhlman, state representative Tim Brown and the county sheriff, Mark Wasylyshyn.
Asmus will deliver the closing remarks following the Lord's Prayer, led by Chris Molyet of Congressman Bob Latta's office.
In case of rain, the observance will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church just across Summit Street.
People of all faith traditions are welcome.
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