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Duluth celebrates National Day of Prayer

Citizens of Duluth gathered Thursday to celebrate a National Day of Prayer in Duluth Town Green. (Staff Intern: Danielle Ryan)

Citizens of Duluth gathered Thursday to celebrate a National Day of Prayer in Duluth Town Green. (Staff Intern: Danielle Ryan)

On Thursday afternoon citizens of Duluth took time out of their busy schedules to come together and pray.

Representatives from seven local churches, along with the mayor and a state House representative, shared stories and prayers with the people of Duluth under sunny skies to celebrate National Day of Prayer.

Allan Wiltshire, a local musician, led a soulful rendition of “God Bless America.” Young and old stood side by side to honor God and country.

Reverend Kipper Tabb, the Duluth parish pastor of Perimeter Church, served as leader of the proceedings.

Mayor Nancy Harris spoke and shared her experiences listening to a children’s choir at First Baptist Church of Duluth.

“They performed a play called ‘God of this City’ and of course I perked up in my chair to listen to what they had to say about this,” she said. “Listen to some of the lyrics: ‘You’re the God of this city, you’re the king of these people, you’re the Lord of this nation. You’re the light of this darkness, you’re the hope of the hopeless, you’re the peace to the restless. You are, there is no one like you God.’ We’re so happy that our community can spread this global message. We are one city under God.”

State Rep. Brooks Coleman, R-Duluth read aloud the proclamation from the Governor regarding the National Day of Prayer. After the proclomation, Tabb led the group in a prayer for government workers. A group of women in the crowd began singing gospel, harmonizing together to share their faith and passion with everyone.

Tabb was moved by everyone’s sense of community.

“There’s nothing that knits our hearts together like praying together,” he said.

A number of local church leaders offered their prayers, including a prayer for the citizens of Duluth and Gwinnett County by Reverend Ron Bowens, a prayer for all nations by Reverend Yoonmin Kim, a prayer for churches and schools by Reverend Chip Sweney, a prayer for families by Reverend Keith Murdock, and a prayer for businesses by Reverend Jose Flores.

There were smiles and hugs abound on the Town Green Thursday. Even if it was only a brief respite from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind, it was clearly a welcome one.