Students from St. Paul’s Singers, the choir from St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Sedalia, bow their heads in prayer as they stand on the front step of the Pettis County Courthouse for the National Day of Prayer observance Thursday afternoon. The group performed a song at the beginning of the event.
Ray Layne, pastor of Providence Baptist Church in Smithton, left, raises his hands in prayer as Dave Hague, of Sedalia, kneels next to him during one of the several prayers and remarks given Thursday afternoon for the National Day of Prayer observance at the Pettis County Courthouse. Prayers were given for families, law enforcement, schools, the community, military, government and elected officials, and local churches.
Wayne and Gayle Lamb, of Sedalia, pray together as Jack Menges, director of Open Door, leads the prayer for families, the first prayer of the National Day of Prayer observance Thursday afternoon at the Pettis County Courthouse. The couple has a radio ministry, Go the Distance.
The crowd gathered outside the Pettis County Courthouse joins Sherrill Rowland in singing “God Bless America” to end Thursday afternoon’s National Day of Prayer observance. The theme for the 2016 observance was “Wake Up America.”
John Nail, principal of St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Sedalia, gives the prayer for schools, teachers and students Thursday afternoon for the National Day of Prayer observance at the Pettis County Courthouse. Prayers were given by a number of community members including Pettis County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Sam Hargrave, business owner Ben Embree, Chaplain Maj. David Leonard of Whiteman Air Force Base, Judge Robert Koffman and Chris Traffanstedt, president of the Pettis County Ministerial Association.
Photos by Nicole Cooke | Democrat