EDITORIAL: Pray for us, we need it

 

EDITORIAL: Pray for us, we need it

 

Kudos to Pastor Kenny Moore and the congregation of Davidson Street Baptist Church for a fine National Day of Prayer May 2 observance.

Moving the observance to evening perhaps gave some people a better chance to attend (it used to be a City of Clinton, mid-day function at The Museum Lawn). As Rev. Moore observed, “it is a school night,” so organizers did not want young people and members of the Clinton High School Chorus out really late. Not that the service couldn’t have gone late - goodness knows, we need a lot of prayer these days.

Moore conducted the Group Prayer, Psalms 33:12, Prayer for Our Government, and asked everyone to form a wall of protection around our Congressman, Jeff Duncan. For his part, Duncan talked about confronting a gunman 2 years ago and the gunfire wounding of a colleague during practice for the Congressional charity baseball game.

“I confronted a shooter who wanted to kill me and my colleagues,” Duncan recalled of June 14, 2017. “I went to Capitol Hill for a meeting. He fired 137 rounds at my colleagues. I was on the assassination list.”

In addition to Duncan, speakers were Steve Keck, Broad St. UMC, prayer for schools; Jeri Parris Perkins, First Presbyterian, Clinton, prayer for churches; and Mark Entrekin, First Pentecostal Holiness, prayer for military; Melissa Moore led the congregational song. It was a somber and totally appropriate prayer service.

“We should not put our trust in institutions of government,” Duncan said, “or ourselves. We need to put our trust in God. As members of Congress it is our job to rebuild this nation out of the rubble this nation has become in so many ways, and I am tired. ... We need (your) prayer. We covet it, and we feel it.”

Theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer was John 13:34, “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” Thank you, Rev. Kenny Moore and congregation, for offering us this time of reflection.

 

#Love1Another (you can view a photo gallery from this service on our website: MyClintonNews.com)

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