The Ministers Network of Portland will sponsor the National Day of Prayer on May 6 at 7 a.m. at the Gazebo at 100 East Market Street. This is a familiar setting as it was held at the Gazebo years ago. Everyone is invited to come and pray together.
The Ministers Network of Portland Coordinator and Portland Police Department Chaplain Bro. Bob Moon said, “No food, no speaker, no music. Simply people praying.”
The prayer service has been done several ways in the past. It began as a small group at Richland Park and has grown each year. In recent years the event centered around a breakfast, a speaker, and music in the gym at First Baptist.
Last year the service was held online through the Portland Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and WQKR Radio because of the rapid spread of COVID-19. The ministers network made every effort to follow the Center for Disease Control Guidelines and were successful in finding a way to have the annual event for Portland.
Those from area churches offering prayers this year include Roger Putman — Bryum’s Chapel, Tim Colovos — First Baptist Church of Portland, Matt Taylor — Portland Church of the Nazarene, Sam Thrasher — Portland Church of Christ, Brandon Petty — Generation Church, Ricky Morris — Living Free Fellowship, and Karen Almendarez from McKendree Memorial United Methodist Church.
Several from the community will be offering prayers this year. Those participants include Mayor Mike Callis, Police Chief Jason Williams, Fire Chief Sam Thornton, and President/CEO of Portland Chamber of Commerce Sherri Ferguson.
Those attending are invited to bring a lawn chair and gather around the Gazebo in this familiar setting for the prayer service. The service is expected to last an hour.