Lawrenceville to host 10th Prayer on the Square

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The 10th edition of Lawrenceville's "Prayer on the Square" will headline a number of National Day of Prayer events across Gwinnett County today.

Each year on the first Thursday in May, Christians around the country are invited to come together across denominations and pray. For the last decade, Lawrenceville has done so at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.

"Every year we grow, new churches are added to the event as more and more pastors are aware of the event," said Constance Smith, the coordinator of Prayer on the Square.

"Last year we had 400 or 500 people turn out. It's become a really big spiritual event for Lawrenceville."

Today's main event in the county seat, which begins at 7 p.m., is among six other public events in Gwinnett listed on the official National Day of Prayer Web site. Those include two more in Lawrenceville and single events in Lilburn, Loganville, Norcross and Suwanee.

This year's national theme is "For A Time Such As This."

The goal, Smith said, is a chance to get together and pray for the community, on all levels.

"Realistically as Christians, we're called to pray for our leaders," said Frank Ferrer, the coordinator of Suwanee's annual event at Town Center Park. "So this is nothing more than a day set aside where we can do that corporately, a day set aside to do that as a community."

At most events, there are pastors from several community churches delivering what Ferrer called "sermonettes" on varying topics, live worship music and plenty of togetherness across denominational and cultural lines.

Prayer on the Square, Smith said, will feature pastors from Korean, Hispanic, Haitian, Baptist, Methodist and non-denominational backgrounds among representatives from about 20 churches citywide.

"It's truly a diverse community event," Smith said.