By RICK HAYES
MT. VERNON — — The national theme of One Voice United in Prayer was carried out by a local committee Wednesday during the annual National Day of Prayer service.
The noon service was held on the patio on the east side of the Jefferson County Courthouse.
“We're fortunate to have a place in the county where we can assemble and honor God,” said Sherry Meadows, Mt. Vernon Prayer Committee spokeswoman, in opening comments.
A group of about 75 people huddled on the patio with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid 50s.
The national anthem was presented by the District 80 third grade chorus under the direction of Janet Sinks.
A total of 11 prayers were offered during the 45-minute service, including the opening prayer by Bud Storey and the benediction from Don Bigham.
Prayers were offered for specific walks of life.
Don Rector, county board member, prayed for government; Father John Iffert prayed for the church; Bruce Miles prayed for the military; Mike Green prayed for education; Joanne Davis prayed for the media; and Chris Collins prayed for businesses.
In addition to praying for educators, Green singled out recent school shootings and prayed for safety in local schools.
Dee Ann Schnautz presented a moving musical selection, “Somebody's Praying.”
The third choir also sang, “Pray for America.” Following the national anthem, Rector said of the third grade choir's performance, “If that doesn't get your fire going your wood is wet.”
There was no special speaker for the event.
This is the fourth straight year the Mt. Vernon Prayer Committee has sponsored the event. Committee members were recognized by Meadows.
Miles also recognized current military personnel and veterans.
The Prayer Breakfast Committee will next host its annual morning prayer breakfast on Sept. 5 at Holiday Inn.