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County to share in prayer
Separate events planned at courthouse, church
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A crowd gathers at the courthouse during last year's Day of Prayer event. - photo by File photo

If you go

• Prayer on the Square runs from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday on the steps of the Forsyth County Courthouse. For more information, contact (770) 888-7442.
• First Baptist Cumming’s event is set for noon to 1 p.m. Thursday. The church is at 1597 Sawnee Drive in Cumming. For more information, contact (770) 887-2428.

The public is invited to two separate events Thursday, the National Day of Prayer, as spiritual leaders plan to link hands for the community, country and state.

Prayer on the Square begins at 9 a.m. on the steps of the Forsyth County Courthouse in downtown Cumming. Three hours later, residents will gather for prayer at First Baptist Cumming.

Cebee Rehm, who helped organize the downtown event, said last year’s prayer circle drew more than 150 people. She said the gathering begins with a posting of the colors from the American Legion.

Local pastors and community leaders then take turns praying for everything from business, government and the arts to education, family and religion.

“We’re seeking to humble ourselves, pray and seek his faith,” said Rehm, adding that the event is timely “in the midst of this economic downturn.”

Rehm said she and others will head over to First Baptist Cumming for another prayer event, which starts at noon. Lunch will be served.

First Baptist Cumming senior pastor Bob Jolly said the church has held the event for 12 years. It’s an opportunity, he said, to “cross denominational lines.”

“We focus on our common beliefs rather than our differences,” Jolly said. “We join together to ask for God’s guidance for our nation, our local churches and our pastors.”

Jolly said last year’s gathering attracted about 100 people.

Rehm said Prayer on the Square, which is in its second year, is “all about us seeking God, and seeking his will as a group of people.

“We’re all in this together,” she said.

E-mail Frank Reddy at frankreddy@forsythnews.com.