Wilson County celebrated the National Day of Prayer Thursday with live music, scripture and prayer from pastors across all denominations.
The event again was held at First Baptist Church in Lebanon and kicked off at 11:30 a.m. with music from Jonathan Porter.
Following the fellowship through music, prayers and intercession then began at noon with more than 10 different speakers.
Community leaders, as well as citizens from across the county filled the church during their lunch hours in order to observe the National Day of Prayer.
According to Wilson County Day of Prayer Executive Director Robin Hardin, more than 42,000 National Day of Prayer events and gatherings were being held across the nation Thursday.
Different churches throughout the community were represented at the Day of Prayer through varying pastors in ranging denominations.
Some of those who spoke, shared prayers and intercession and read scripture included Benji Thomas from First Baptist Church, Todd Lackey from New Rivers International Ministry Center, Sean Stanfield from Westland United Methodist Church, Rodney Duckett from Mt. Olive Baptist Church and Joyce Breazeale, county liaison for the Tennessee Governmental Prayer Alliance, among others.
Each attested to and prayed for students, schools and those in the community, as well as leaders, at a local, state and national level.
Contractor Steve Wheely, who has served the community through working on projects such as Joseph’s Storehouse, also spoke where he pointed out how the Lord was shedding light across the area through businesses and ministries like Joseph’s Storehouse, Brooks House and Compassionate Hands.
“Jesus is the one who has brought these all to fruition,” Wheely said. “We can only honor God and praise his name for the blessings this community has going on, one after another they are transforming this community.”
The National Day of Prayer is held each year on the first Thursday of May and was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.