Orangeburg observed the National Day of Prayer recently with a prayer breakfast sponsored by the Regional Medical Center.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May. The observance, created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation. Churches, organizations and other entities across the nation joined forces in prayer on Thursday, May 2, using the theme,”Love One Another.” The theme comes from the words of Jesus in John 13:34 -- “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.”
The purpose of the gathering of local clergy, hospital staff, and community members was to commemorate the national observance and pray for the Orangeburg community. The event was held at the Garden Room. RMC President Charles Williams opened the event with an invocation and remarks.
“Let us love one another outside of this room, outside of this program,” Williams said. “Let’s love each other when we see each other in Walmart and when we’re driving in traffic.”
Williams urged the audience to demonstrate love in every aspect of their lives, even in the minute and mundane details.
Columbia Internatioma; University seminary professor and author Dr. Michael W. Langston served as the keynote speaker. He shared accounts of how he had been healed of trauma endured as a result of several active duty deployments to the Middle East. He spoke of how his faith guided him into unlikely relationships with men of Islamic faith throughout his tours. Langston spoke passionately about finding common ground with all men in an effort to demonstrate the love of Jesus.
Local clergy and servicemen were invited to offer three-to-five minute prayers on behalf of the nation and the Orangeburg community.
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The Rev. Anna Miller, pastor of North Orangeburg United Methodist Church, prayed for a great spiritual awakening that unites Americans and invites the Spirit of God to take precedence in the nation to take place in the near future.
The Rev. Ellis White Jr, pastor of Edisto Fork United Methodist Church, offered a prayer for Americans to love one another. The Rev. Earl Humes of Fellowship of Christian Athletes prayed on behalf of churches in America.
The Rev. Jerome Anderson, pastor of Unity Fellowship Community Church, gave a heartfelt invocation for families, workplaces, communities and cities across the nation and the Orangeburg community to love one another. Father Gustavo Corredor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church offered a prayer in Spanish, his native language, for people of all ethnicities in America to love one another.
A prayer for all law enforcement, first responders and armed forces was offered by Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell. In his prayer, Ravenell asked that he be guided and directed as a leader who is responsible for the safety of the thousands of citizens of Orangeburg County.
The prayer breakfast was closed with powerful words and thoughts from JP Sibley, pastor of New City Fellowship.
“There are so many things that separate us. May the inseparable love of God so fill our hearts that we overflow in love for one another,” Sibley said.
Uplifting musical performances throughout the event were performed by vocalist Rachelle Ball and keyboardist Gloria Popp of Impact Church and vocalist Connie Johnson and guitarist JP Sibley.