WOODSTOCK – Braving the rain and chilly weather, more than 50 people gathered at Woodstock Square to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.
Six area churches participated in the event, which was celebrated across the country.
Music played and seven pastors prayed over a variety of topics, including the government, education, the military and family.
“We're here to proclaim our trust in a God that cares about the details of our lives,” said Cathy Hartley, prayer minister at the Woodstock Assembly of God. “We're asking His blessing on our city, our communities, our families, our churches and our nation.”
Participating churches included Woodstock Free Methodist Church, Christ Life Church, Woodstock Bible Church, New Life Christian Center, First Presbyterian Church and Woodstock Assembly of God.
“It's so, so heartwarming,” Harley said. “People are here to proclaim their faith. That's a big deal.”
Coworkers Katherine Lechner Darlene Pepke spent part of their day at Woodstock Square Thursday and said it was important to pray over the troubling issues our country faces.
“I think it's really important that everyone support the National Day of Prayer,” said Lechner, who is a member of Woodstock Assembly of God. “Our entire nation needs prayer … Our society is kind of going in the wrong direction.”
“It's important to pray for America,” Pepke said. “It's important to come together as a group and worship together.”
The first National Day of Prayer was held in 1952 by President Harry Truman. It is designated by the U.S. congress, and each year the president signs a proclamation encouraging all Americans to pray.