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April 23, 2014

Warren, Center Line to observe National Day of Prayer

By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

CENTER LINE — Residents in Center Line and Warren will again come together for prayer at noon May 1 at respective observances of the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer.

In Center Line, they’ll gather around the flagpole at City Hall on 10 Mile Road, west of Van Dyke, where city officials and residents will offer prayers.

“We’re hoping for around 50 people,” said Kathy Hanselman, one of the organizers of Center Line’s annual observance of the National Day of Prayer. “We’re small, but we’re mighty. We just want the Lord’s blessing upon everything we do, and we have to ask him for it.”

Those assembled in Center Line and elsewhere across the country will offer prayers for a variety of things, including the nation and its communities, families and future.

In Warren, those assembled will also be asked to remember those in harm’s way abroad who have family here at home.

“We’re very sensitive about the situation and the crisis that’s going on in Ukraine,” said Jocelyn Howard, a community relations liaison with Warren’s Life Application Ministries and one of the organizers of Warren’s observance.

Howard said church leaders from across Warren would join local officials, residents and guests to offer prayers for various groups and causes when the city hosts between 850 and 1,000 people for its event at City Hall.

“For our families with loved ones there (in Ukraine), we want to let them know that we are praying for them and their loved ones as this situation unfolds,” Howard said. “We want to establish that this longstanding tradition in the city, despite what happens, it’s a great opportunity for everybody to come together.

“Despite our differences, it unites us for a common purpose and a common goal in the city,” Howard said.

Warren’s observance of the National Day of Prayer will feature the Warren Mott High School Marching Band, local choirs, prayers offered by the community’s spiritual leaders and a special presentation by elementary school students.

Congress established the National Day of Prayer in 1952. It has been held annually on the first Thursday in May since 1988.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Brian Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1089.