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Participants pray for the nation and salvation during the Gregg County National Day of Prayer event | Local News

Prayers of revival, unity and salvation were offered Thursday during Gregg County’s annual National Day of Prayer.

The service, sponsored by the Longview Area Interfaith Ministerial Alliance and held at First United Methodist Church, was also broadcast on the Alliance Network Facebook page. It was moved indoors after the threat of storms forced a change from the usual spot on the lawn at the Gregg County Courthouse.

LaDarian Brown, Senior Pastor of Parkview Baptist Church, Longview Police Officer and Alliance President, welcomed participants, and Reverend Caleb Ray Coates introduced the history and purpose of the day.

“The purpose of the National Day of Prayer calls everyone to pray for the nation and its leaders,” Coates said. “That’s why we are here today.”

County Judge Bill Stoudt addressed the attendees, emphasizing the importance of prayer.

“Keep praying for our country, keep praying for our country and our world. A lot of bad things are happening right now, and there is a power that can help fix all of that,” Stoudt said. “It is the people in this room who pray to the Almighty.”

After Gregg County Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Tim Bryan led the engagement and the National Anthem, Iglesia Nueva Vida Church pastor Myra Morales began with the opening prayer.

“We pray for salvation in our nation,” she said, “…We pray for salvation in the state of Texas, in our city, in our county.”

Reverend Ricky Ruiz introduced this year’s theme, “Exalt the Lord who established us,” which is derived from Colossians 2:6-7. Longview First Lutheran Church pastor and National Day of Prayer Chairman Jeff Borgwardt then recognized local elected officials, city workers and first responders.

Leaders of local churches and organizations prayed for families, first responders, schools, unity and more.

“Thank you for this day. Thank you for your greatness. Thank you for your mercy. Thank you for being a very present help in these difficult times,” said Minister Patrick Johnson of JSTAR Ministries in his prayer for the armed forces. for what you have done in the past Father. Thank you for what you are doing even now Father. Thank you for what you will do in the future, Father.

Jamey Brogan, vice president of mission integration for Christus Good Shepherd, prayed for healthcare workers.

“Raise their morale, strengthen their resolve, grant them resilience, keep them healthy and guide them to keep themselves wisely healthy,” he prayed.

Pastor Edgar Ayala presented the invitation to salvation.

“You can make all the right decisions – you could even help old people cross the street,” he said. “That’s good, but that’s not what’s going to get you to heaven. It’s having that relationship with Jesus. It is going in the right direction, in the right direction.