World Day of Prayer to be observed May 1

Published 7:23 pm Friday, April 25, 2008

By Staff
Three events planned
at sites in Washington
Senior Reporter
World Day of Prayer in Beaufort County encourages people to pray for the betterment of the world.
People will have three prayer events to choose from in Washington on May 1.
From 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. that day, people are invited to attend a prayer breakfast at 15th Street Church of God. The breakfast is free. Items to be served are quiche, croissants, muffins, bagels, fruit, coffee and juices.
At 11 a.m., people are invited to gather on the steps of Washington’s Municipal Building for a prayer service with area pastors and lay people.
In case of rain, the event will be held in the Council Chambers in the Municipal Building.
At 11:30 a.m., another prayer service will be held in the lobby at the Washington Civic Center. It will be similar to the one held at the Municipal Building, Barber said.
May 1 will be the 57th-annual observance of the World Day of Prayer on the national level.
To encourage people to pray across the United States, national World Day of Prayer leaders are highlighting the story of David and Goliath.
David, the psalmist, knew where his strength came from. As a boy, he faced off against Goliath, a giant, in an epic one-on-one battle for the future of his nation.
In a flier about World Day of Prayer, national World Day of Prayer leaders compare this boy-versus-giant duel to weakness versus strength and to David’s small sling versus Goliath’s full armor and sword.
To an onlooker, according to the flier, the outcome of the fight between David and Goliath seemed clear.
However, the flier reads, David had a secret weapon.
As the world watched, according to the flier, David, the small boy with an unconventional weapon, felled the giant Goliath, a foe who had the entire army of King Saul quaking in fear.