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NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

Wilsonians pray for country, community

Posted on May 6, 2021

Updated on May 7, 2021

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Joe Shakour, pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church, leads a group in prayer Thursday during a brief National Day of Prayer commemoration at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Brie Handgraaf | Times

Joe Shakour, pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church, leads a group in prayer Thursday during a brief National Day of Prayer commemoration at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens, right, stands with former Mayor Bruce Rose to read a proclamation during a brief National Day of Prayer commemoration Thursday at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Brie Handgraaf | Times

Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens, right, stands with former Mayor Bruce Rose to read a proclamation during a brief National Day of Prayer commemoration Thursday at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Joe Shakour, pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church, leads a group in prayer Thursday during a brief National Day of Prayer commemoration at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Brie Handgraaf | Times

Joe Shakour, pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church, leads a group in prayer Thursday during a brief National Day of Prayer commemoration at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens, right, stands with former Mayor Bruce Rose to read a proclamation during a brief National Day of Prayer commemoration Thursday at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Brie Handgraaf | Times

Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens, right, stands with former Mayor Bruce Rose to read a proclamation during a brief National Day of Prayer commemoration Thursday at the Wilson County Courthouse.

Wilson Mayor Carlton Stevens, right, stands with former Mayor Bruce Rose to read a proclamation during a brief National Day of Prayer commemoration Thursday at the Wilson County Courthouse.
Joe Shakour, pastor at Tabernacle Baptist Church, leads a group in prayer Thursday during a brief National Day of Prayer commemoration at the Wilson County Courthouse.

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Dozens gathered Thursday with heads bowed and hearts open on the Wilson County Courthouse steps for the annual National Day of Prayer observance.

“About 40 or 45 years ago, I was actually inside of this building standing before a judge and asking for his mercy on me,” said Pastor Michael Woodard of Grace Church of God in Christ. “And I thank God for his mercy that I am standing here now praying before you all.”

Wilson Community Church hosted a larger National Day of Prayer gathering on Wednesday, but Tabernacle Baptist Church Pastor Joe Shakour noted that God already answered one prayer by delivering cooler weather during Thursday’s observance.

“Based on your will and your word, we pray right now in the name of Jesus for our leaders,” he said, naming President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Gov. Roy Cooper, Mayor Carlton Stevens and the Wilson City Council. “Lord, we pray that whatever their spiritual need may be, that Lord, you draw them to you. That you would imbue them with the wisdom from your word.”

Stevens stood with former Mayor Bruce Rose to read a city proclamation marking the annual religious commemoration.

“On this National Day of Prayer as people are praying all around this country, Father, we don’t want this to be just a day that we gather to go through a formality,” Woodard said. “God, we want our hearts to be thirsty and hungry after you, oh God.”

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