Dozens of Lincoln County residents assembled at various community locations Thursday to celebrate the 63rd National Day of Prayer.
The Lincoln County YMCA sponsored a gathering on the courthouse lawn Thursday morning with roughly 30 attendants, who circled together and spoke prayers aloud, focusing on the area’s homeless population, hurting children and protection and unity for the country and county.
According to Linda Harrill-Rudisill, chairman of the YMCA’s Christian Emphasis Diversity Committee — the group that helped organize the event — participating in prayer this week was necessary for her soul.
“As a Christian, I recognize that this is where I want to be and where Christ would have me be,” she said.
Harrill-Rudisill also viewed the prayer gathering as part of the YMCA’s effort to promote unity among individuals of various ages, ethnicities and community interests, much like the motivation behind the nonprofit organization’s annual Prayer Breakfast in November, she said.
Her fellow YMCA Christian committee member, Jackie Childers, who also serves as the community business administrator for both of the organization’s county facilities, pointed out the importance of National Prayer Day as a time when Christians, especially, should put away denominational differences and celebrate their common faith.
“We are all one,” she said.
Childers added how the YMCA intentionally plans events throughout the year that will not only promote God and Christian values, the nonprofit’s true foundation, but also bring the community together.
According to Kathy Masterson, of Lincolnton, who attended the courthouse gathering, a focus on community prayer should be a daily occurrence.
“It’s very important, and it should be more than one day,” she said.
The Sally’s YMCA also hosted a gathering around its flagpole Thursday, followed by a candlelight service and Gospel choir event that night at the outdoor chapel at the Lincoln County YMCA in Lincolnton.
Throughout the day, individuals were also encouraged to stop by chapels at both YMCA facilities to pray alone or with others.