Residents and pastors of Havelock area churches came together Thursday night to pray for the nation and community.

Residents and pastors of Havelock area churches came together Thursday night to pray for the nation and community.

The Havelock-Cherry Point Ministerial Association held its National Day of Prayer service at First United Methodist Church in Havelock.

“We are here to pray for our nation,” said the Rev. Kenny McCoy of Lighthouse Assembly of God. “Scripture tells us to pray for our leaders who have authority over us, and that’s what we’re doing.”

In his prayer for the nation, McCoy specifically asked for God’s guidance on leaders such as President Barack Obama and Gov. Pat McCrory.

“We ask that the blessing of the Lord will be on them, and it will pour down to us,” he said.

The Rev. Steve Epperson, of Cherry Point Baptist Church, gave God thanks for the state in which we live.

“We have a great state, and we thank you for its beauty and natural resources,” he said. “We have great hospitals and schools. … For all of these things, we give you thanks.”

The Rev. R.J. Logan Jr. of Havelock Church for Christ prayed for Havelock, its leaders and residents, saying the word of God is planted like seeds in the community and can grow “from the north of Havelock all the way to the east of Havelock.”

“We ask that residents contribute, and speak and honor each other with love,” he said.

During the service, special prayers were offered for the area’s churches. The Rev. Jim Davis of Havelock Church of the Nazarene, asked for blessings on the ministers who lead their congregations.

“Put your hands upon them and keep them safe,” he said.

The Rev. Donnell Smith of New Life Christian Fellowship, prayed for families.

“Our families make up this church, the church of the living God,” he said.

He mentioned the difficulties facing today’s families, and specifically, children.

“We ask for God’s spirit to be strong in children,” he said.

Just more than a week after a Havelock firefighter went into a burning home to rescue a 2-year-old child, the Rev. Jim Daub, of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the emergency services chaplain for city police and fire, said a special prayer for firefighters and police officers as well as those in the military and military families.

“When we run the other way, they run toward the problem and toward the danger,” he said.

He prayed for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for others.

“We are part of this great nation,” he said. “And when you have a great nation, you have many who have sacrificed themselves for it.”

The service concluded with the congregation joining in song, “To God Be the Glory.”