National Day of Prayer Participants Grateful for Freedom to Pray
About 30 people representing six Nebraska City churches gathered on steps of the Otoe County courthouse this afternoon to join 47,000 other assemblies from across America for the National Day of Prayer.
Dorthea Fairbanks said it's significant to have opportunity to pray without fear outside of the courthouse.
Fairbanks: "This is where the decisions are made, in the courtrooms, that allow us to have those freedoms and allow us to continue to live under one God in this nation."
Calvary Community Church Pastor Norm Anderson led the prayers for the government, military men and women, media, education, church and families. The service ended with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Anderson quoted President Dwight Eisenhaur who said being a nation under God is deeply rooted in our history.
Anderson: "Those two words capture -here's his terminology - the definitive factor in the American way of life."
Judy Stukenholtz said although it was public event, broadcast live by Big Apple Radio, she felt it was truly prayerful.
Stukenholtz: "There was more people here today and I felt like the service was good. Just really good."
Gary Hudnall of Percival said prayer is the answer for America.
Hudnall: "My country is going down hill terribly fast and if we don't start doing more praying and listening to God's word we won't be free anymore."
Rachel Inman of First Baptist Church provided an outstanding voice for singing America the Beautiful to conclude the event.