Jerome Ellard, Pastor of New Beginnings Christian Fellowship and president of Big Sandy Ministerial Alliance reads Jeremiah 29:11 during National Day of Prayer service.

On Thursday, May 4th, people from several churches participated in the 66th Annual National Day of Prayer. The event was organized by the Big Sandy Ministerial Alliance and held at City Hall. New Beginnings Christian Fellowship pastor and president of the Ministerial Alliance, Jerome Ellard, opened the prayer service with scripture from Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Pastor Ellard spoke of prayer needed for national and world events, asking that God’s will be done in all things. He then led the beginning of the prayer circle, and each one present offered their own prayers. Prayers for those affected by the recent storms, for first responders, and volunteers helping; prayers for our nation and her leaders; prayers for our teachers and children; prayers of thanks and of repentance; prayers of gratitude to be living in a nation where this kind of gathering can be held without fear of reprisal; prayers to our Lord God for all the many, many blessings He has given us.

The group was smaller than years past and the time brief, but it was a powerful meeting. For a few Christians (and according to Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”) to come together at noon on an ordinary Thursday and earnestly pray…it was just perfect!