Whitley County Courthouse played host for the National Day of Prayer. Community and church leaders gathered with residents to pray for the nation, the county and local families. Post & Mail photo / Melany Love
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thursday marked the 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer, and events were scheduled for participation throughout the day.
Events began as early as 7 a.m., with a breakfast at Grace Lutheran Church for local church leaders and government officials.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel read a proclamation to start the day.
â€śI say this every year, but if our nation ever needed prayerâ€”itâ€™s now,â€ť said Pastor Steve Johnson of Oak Grove Church of God.
Johnson said he was thankful that both religious and government leaders could meet peacefully in the same room for a common cause.
Those present prayed for community leaders, offering their encouragement and support.
At noon, the communityâ€™s pastors met with residents to pray at the Whitley County Courthouse gazebo.
Wisdom and discernment were requested on behalf of those in leadership. Prayers were offered for restoration in families and the nation.
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