Thursday, May 3, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Photo: David McGregor June and Jedwin Smith sing a praise in downtown Lawrenceville on the National Day of Prayer on Thursday evening.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Mosquitoes. Clouds. Prayer.
What have they in common?
All of those things, and about 200 people, converged Thursday evening on the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse for an uplifting "Prayer on the Square" showcase of religious music and hallelujah-inspiring invocation.
Thursday marked the 61st annual observance of the National Day of Prayer, with similar events held from Alaska to Key West. The objective in Lawrenceville was to bring together Christians, regardless of denomination and ethnic background, said coordinator Constance Smith.
Families pitched blankets. People raised their hands and danced. A swarm of adolescents broke into a game of tag.
"I just love big groups," said one such dancer, Lawrenceville resident Rachel Goins, 20. "It's building my faith."
Katie Simons, 28, of Lawrenceville, hoped the event would help disparate congregations feel a deeper sense of community.
"It's refreshing," Simons said of the turnout.
The city's mayor, Judy Jordan Johnson, showed up in running shoes, prepared to quickly shepherd attendees to a Plan B church should the aforementioned clouds have bursted open. No running was required.
"We know that every day," Johnson told the crowd, "should be a National Day of Prayer."