By GWEN SISSON
Organizers said this year’s observance for the National Day of Prayer will be an opportunity for members of the local faith community to come together for prayer and encouragement.
This year’s observance will be at noon Thursday at the Starkville Sportsplex. Guest speakers will share about the importance of prayer in eight distinct areas of the Starkville community. Then each speaker will lead the group in prayer for the local, state and national workers and leaders in those areas.
The event will begin with a special welcome by Amy Tuck, special assistant to the President of Mississippi State University.
Local speakers will include:
u The Rev. Raleigh Richter from the Cumberland community will share why prayer is important in all walks of life. Richter also works at MSU.
u Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman discussing the importance of prayer in local government.
u Aundrea Self Nichols of WCBI will share why prayer is important in her life and why it is important to pray for local, state and national media as they cover breaking news.
u Rev. Larnzy Carpenter of Longview Baptist Church will discuss the important role prayer plays in the life of the church.
u Starkville’s Miss Hospitality 2011, Mary Lowry Nemeth, will talk about the importance of prayer for students and educators.
u Amy Tuck will discuss the importance of prayer in the business community.
u Dr. Everett McKibben will share why prayer is important to health care workers.
u The Rev. Joseph Stone of Second Baptist M.B. Church will discuss why families should pray together.
u And a member of the 2nd Battalion 114th Field Artillery Regiment will share the importance of prayer within the military.
The event will close with the everyone joining together for “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Thursday’s local observance will be one of thousands of events taking place throughout the nation for the 60th Annual National Day of Prayer. The theme for this year’s national observance is Psalm 91:2: “I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’”
Organizers said this year’s event has been moved to the Starkville Sportsplex to better accommodate parking and handicap accessibility.
To learn more about the National Day of Prayer, visit http://www.NationalDayofPrayer.org .