Pauls Valley Democrat
Keeping in the practice of spiritual communion may be all but guaranteed for those who visit their preferred sanctuary on a given Sunday, yet there is just as much effort promoted in keeping it going outside the comfort of those church walls.
Coming up Thursday, May 2 is one such occasion set aside where residents of Pauls Valley can join the entire country through the National Day of Prayer, something which returned last year after an absence and First Church of God Pastor Terry Clayton hopes to build momentum on.
Coming rather close to 100 attendees on the Garvin County Courthouse lawn near the flagpole in 2012, anyone is welcomed to drop by when things kick off again at 12:10 p.m. for a short respite of good word and fellowship.
“If ever there was a time to pray it’s right now,” said Clayton, noting how there is still plenty of people struggling with everything from spiritual to financial troubles.
“It’s not like a long service, but it’s a very important service.”
Prayer will once again cover subjects like local, national, county and state leaders and those who serve the public from police to the armed forces, said Clayton.
There is even a push to mention local concerns like Pauls Valley General Hospital, the future of which has been undetermined with a hope it will work out for the better.
It’s the ultimate form of unity for the PV Ministerial Alliance hosted event that does not work along one denominational line and a perfect example to follow in a world that separates people be it political or other beliefs, noted Clayton.
Though the alliance is working hard to create more occasions where people can join together, there isn’t many chances to do something like this so he is hoping to make the most of it.
“I think we are too divided on too many levels… it seems like the only time we come together is tragedy,” said Clayton, adding how it is the last get-together for the ministerial alliance before things take a break for the summer.
“This gives a big picture of what’s going on in our community…When you bring people together you have one purpose and we are better anytime we can come together.”
In the end, Clayton said it is also a time to be thankful for everything that has been given so far and for him a chance to live in a state where public prayer in such a spot is allowed.
Things will start with an opening delivered by ministers there, followed by several prayers and will include some singing, before ending with a meal near the First Presbyterian Church, where the event would be held in case of rain.
“I think it’s important to our leaders for them to know we are praying for them,” said Clayton.
“I like it at the courthouse, a good central location. That’s the center of the county.”