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Posted on April 26, 2021

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First Baptist Church members Peggy Leggett and Silvia Williams set out a sign Sunday morning promoting open prayer days at the Spring Hope church leading up to the National Day of Prayer set for May 6.

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First Baptist Church members Peggy Leggett and Silvia Williams set out a sign Sunday morning promoting open prayer days at the Spring Hope church leading up to the National Day of Prayer set for May 6.

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SPRING HOPE — First Baptist Church is opening its doors for biweekly prayer vigils.

“There is a real need for prayer. Our country needs prayer,” said church member Peggy Leggett.

Anyone — participants don’t have to be church members — can stop and pray.

“We will be here to pray with people,” Leggett said.

A church member will be on hand from noon to 1:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday to pray with anyone who stops by. Folks will also be able to use the church sanctuary to pray in solitude.

The prayer vigils will lead up to the National Day of Prayer set for May 6.

The annual observance is held on the first Thursday of May. Established by Congress in 1952, the observance encourages Americans “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.”

The 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upheld the national call to prayer in 2011, determining the voluntary exercise doesn’t violate the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. The court ruled that the government is free to make appeals to the public based on religion, but since there’s no obligation to participate, the National Day of Prayer doesn’t encroach on citizens’ rights.

First Baptist Church member Silvia Williams said parishioners plan to hold a special service on May 6 filled with prayer and singing.

The church is located at 111 N. Walnut St. in downtown Spring Hope.  

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