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Church leaders set to ‘cry out’

The National Day of Prayer will be observed on Thursday at noon on the front steps of the Greenville City Hall.

This year’s theme is “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities, and men.

For the May 7th observances, Dr. Jack Graham, the 2015 Honorary Chairman, wrote a special prayer to be simultaneously read throughout the nation at noon.

Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, has served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest American Protestant denomination, with 16 million members and as president of the SBC Pastor’s Conference.

Local pastors taking part in the event are Allen Stephenson, Felton Stewart, Allen Winn, Herbert Brown, Ronnie Boulware, Lamar Duke, Reid McCormick, Lane Simmons and Peggie Cook.

Bobby Johnson and the Greenville High School Brass Ensemble will provide music.

The event is sponsored by the Butler County Ministerial Association and the City of Greenville.

The public is encouraged to attend.