A crowd gathers at the first location of the National Day of Prayer at the Dyer County Courthouse square. Dr. Phillip Cook with Dyersburg First United Methodist Church said the first prayer at the northeast corner of the court square. He prayed about the past and the present and invited others to join in and say a prayer on the subject.
With the recent flooding in Dyer County, there was no better time for the Prayer on the Square ceremony at the Dyer County Courthouse square. The theme, "For Such a Time as This", resembles the situation the county is facing and many residents showed up to join in the prayers. Local clergy said prayers on all four corners of court square with a different topic for each corner.
Pastor Jim Wolfgang (center) of East Dyersburg United Methodist Church says a prayer on behalf of the businesses. Pastor Stuart Edmonds (far right) of St. Joseph Street Church of Christ also said a prayer for businesses at the northwest corner of the court square.
Jane Sawyers of Dyersburg attended the ceremony and said prayer is very important to her and it should be for all.
"When I grew up, on Friday afternoons we would have a football game or basketball game that night and my father prayed for safety for the team and for those of us who were attending the event," said Sawyers. "This is what I consider normal and this is what we need back in our schools today."
Judge Tony Childress said he believes every day should be a National Day of Prayer.
"We've got so much to be thankful for in this country and everything we have is given to us by God," said Childress. "I like it and I'm 110 percent for it."
Dyer County Mayor Richard Hill said he has been a witness to answered prayers and thinks part of each day should be used for prayer.
City Gate Pastor Michael Wilson (far right) prays for families as the crowd moved to the third location on the southwest corner.
"We know the Bible teaches us that prayer is where the answer comes," said Hill. "Pray first and by faith believe that what we pray about is going to take place. God's going to intervene on our behalf and our community. I've seen him do that and it only comes about through prayer. We ought to set aside so much of each day to pray for our community, country, our city and our nation. I think it's very important."
Pastor Michael Wilson of City Gate Church led the prayer on families and said the National Day of Prayer joins Christians together for one cause.
"I think it is real important because first and foremost it breaks down all our labels of Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, the things that sometimes we use to divide us, and the National Day of Prayer helps us to refocus that we are simply Christians praying to one God, one savior, one Lord," said Wilson. "And it causes us to unite in a common effort and I think it is extremely important. We pray every day, but this one day helps us to focus on our nation and the problems that we're having and to call out to God for help."
Rev. Richard Behnke of Trinity Lutheran Church prays for our military on the southeast corner of the Dyer County Courthouse square.