The event featured several speakers, special musical arrangements and a singing by all who were in attendance. Thankfully the rain held off long enough for the event to transpire as scheduled on the Square. Many worried the back up plan of using the Train Depot would have to be put in action.
Mayor Johnny Smith welcomed all who attended The National Day of Prayer on the Square as well as giving The National Day of Prayer Proclamation. Smith was followed by Polly Angelette.
Angelette, coordinator of the First Thursday on The Square Group, gave the opening prayer for the observance. Angelette’s group meets every first Thursday on The Square at 10 a.m.
Angelette gave right of way to Dr. Randy Postell, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Saks, who delighted the crowd with a special musical arrangement. Postell was followed by keynote speaker Jeremy Ford.
Ford, who is youth minister of the First Baptist Church of Saks, addressed the crowd with a special message. After Ford’s message, the crowd sang “God Bless America.”
Marlon Greenwood, associate pastor of Bonny Brook Baptist Church, led a crowd with joined hands in a closing prayer.
The event was great success for first year coordinator Janice Burns, who stepped in for the absence of long time coordinator of the event, Lilly Jane Smith.
Smith was unable to assume her regular duties because of declining health.
“I just relied on people I knew had been part of the event in the past, and everyone was eager to help,” Burns said. “I grew up in church hearing about the National Day of Prayer, but to be asked to promote and coordinate The National Day of Prayer on The Square was a real blessing and I was just very fortunate to be a part of it.”