Love One Another: the theme for National Day Of Prayer
Thursday, May 2, 2019 was a rainy afternoon when people started filling the small Van Zandt County Courtroom. At 12:15 p.m. the choir director, Ken Sims, of Lakeside Baptist Church in Canton, Texas, and Canton Christian Academy High School teacher, Joseph Rhodes, lead everyone in a praise song. The community’s praise kicked off the National Day of Prayer program. Rhodes teaches Bible, Greek, and History on the High School level. Joining Rhodes were four of the Academy’s student council members: Jordan Goldsmith, Tiffanie Nicol, Jessamyn Coss, and Alexi Goldsmith. The Council was present to pray and worship.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual acknowledgment held on the first Thursday of May, encouraging people of all faiths to pray for the nation. The theme this year was “Love One Another”. The Pastor of Victory Church in Canton, Texas, Mike Burns, introduced each speaker and Pastor who would pray. Their prayers were for the people, our churches, education, and our government to “Love One Another”.
“Love one another. Just as I have loved you.” John 13:34
Prayer Over Our Elected Officials
Judge Don Kirkpatrick prayed over our elected officials he said “I am Proud of the judges of Van Zandt county for their stance for Christ our Lord and Savior.” County Court of Law Judge Joshua Wintters spoke. He went into detail about what he means by “The country all too often thinks government is the answer, but God is the answer.”
“Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.” 1 Corinthians 13:6-8
The Van Zandt County Courthouse has been the location for the National Day of Prayer for as long as Judge Wintters can remember. He said, “It always seemed fitting for this to happen at the seat of government. Because in our country, the founding documents, all rights and freedoms, come from God. So, it seems fitting for the National Day of Prayer to be held at the seat of government.”
The special guest were: Pastor Mike Burns Victory Church, Canton, Texas, Pastor Mike Roberson, First Baptist Church, Canton, Texas, Pastor Mark Moore Lakeside Baptist Church, Canton, Texas, Pastor David Christine, Pastor Dan Tarno and County Judge Kirkpatrick.
In the words of The Youngblood’s song: “come on people, now smile on each other, try to love one another right now!”