Havelock joins nation in day of prayer

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The Rev. Dr. Don Hadley, of First Baptist Church, reads a prayer for the military, police and firefighters during the National Day of Prayer Service on Thursday at Havelock City Park. About 70 people attended the service, which included special prayers for the city, state, nation, churches and families.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 09:03 PM.

The clouds were building as the Rev. William A. Boykin stepped to the microphone to begin the National Day of Prayer Service in Havelock Thursday evening.

“I know you’re looking up for two things. One thing is to give thanks to God,” he said. “The second thing is you’re wondering whether He’s going to let it rain on us or not.”

The rain held off until the end of the hour-long service when Boykin, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Havelock, gave his benediction.

“It was wonderful,” Ralph Gwyther, a longtime Havelock resident, said of the service. “I was very happy the rain held off.”

About 70 people attended the service held outdoors at Havelock City Park. Lynn Bullock, of Cherry Point Baptist Church, provided music for attendees, who opened the service by singing “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee,” and ended it with “To God Be the Glory.”

Havelock Mayor Will Lewis read a proclamation, and various pastors from churches associated with the Havelock-Cherry Point Ministerial Association offered special prayers for the nation, state, city, churches, families, military, police and firefighters.

“It’s a privilege to be able to pray anytime for our city, our state and our nation,” the Rev. Kenny McCoy of Lighthouse Assembly of God said.

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