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Day of Prayer services promote love, unity

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PRINCETON — Community members observed the National Day of Prayer throughout Johnston County on Thursday, with services held in Princeton, Kenly and Pine Level.

This year’s theme was “Love One Another,” taken from John 13:34 in which Jesus said, “Love one another, just as I have loved you.”

The Princeton service was held at St. Stephens Church of Christ and sponsored by the Princeton Area Ministerial Association.

During the service, prayers were offered for government, law enforcement and first responders, military, media arts, business, education, church and family.

Dr. Kelton Hinton, director of missions for the Johnston Baptist Association, prayed for those in media arts.

“We pray that God would raise up Christian filmmakers and journalists who would proclaim truth and not lies,” said Hinton. “We pray that journalists would carefully seek out their source material and be accurate. We pray for more inspirational stories.”

Joe Carlisle, owner of the Princeton Piggly Wiggly, asked those in attendance to pray that business owners make wise decisions.

“We need to seek God’s wisdom in managing our businesses and that our employees will be helpful,” said Carlisle. “We also need to pray for new industries and manufacturing to come to Princeton.”

Officially designated by the U.S. Congress in 1952, the National Day of Prayer is held the first Thursday in May.

In Kenly, a crowd gathered at the Kenly Fire Department at noon to hear several area pastors pray for the county, state and nation, for law enforcement officers and for politicians.

“Today we join with government and religious leaders and people in communities all around the country to lift our needs and concerns for America before the Lord,” said George Arant of the Kenly Ministerial Association. “Now more than ever before, it is imperative that we as God’s people remain on our knees for our nation and fellow citizens.”

In Pine Level, a group of about 20 people including local pastors met at noon in Parkside Café to pray and talk with each other.

“Jesus tells us to love one another just like He loves us, and this includes every person in America as well as every person in the world,” said Percy Coleman of New Beginnings Presbyterian Church.

“The answer is love,” said Pastor Howard Scott of Pine Level Original Free Will Baptist Church. “This would solve a whole lot of problems in our country.”

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