EDMOND — More than 100 people attended the National Day of Prayer service Thursday at the First Christian Church of Edmond.
City officials, ministers and organizational workers led a series of prayers for city employees, governmental leaders, military personnel, senior citizens, children and school administrators and teachers during the event.
Edmond Police Chief Bob Ricks said prayer events are necessary because "people should be able to raise prayers to God.”
The Rev. Ron McGaslin, pastor of the Spring Creek Assembly of God, related how President Abraham Lincoln called for a National Day of Prayer during the Civil War in 1863.
He said prayer is needed for the nation. "We (the nation) are in a civil war of a different kind,” he said. "We are divided over issues ...”
Mayor Patrice Douglas said the observance is "something the city of Edmond wants and needs and something I’m real convicted about. Wherever it is, as long as I’m mayor, I’ll be there.”
Music for the annual event was provided by saxophonist the Rev. Charles Martin, Hope Center of Edmond caseworker Mary Beth Qualls and First Christian Church organist Marilyn Brown.