Prayer will flow over downtown Johnstown and into the surrounding community this week.
The 62nd National Day of Prayer service will be held at noon Thursday at the gazebo in Central Park in downtown Johnstown.
The theme this year is “Pray for America,” based on Matthew 12:21, which states, “In His name the nations will put their hope.”
The event is sponsored by Cornerstone Leadership Foundation.
Prayer stations located in front of the Tribune-Democrat building, Franklin Street United Methodist Church and AmeriServ Financial as well as others within the park will be a new part of this year’s campaign.
“Flyers, bookmarks and stickers will be handed out, and if they are interested, the public can receive a list of local leaders to pray for,” event organizer Donna Crowe said. “You can make a commitment with a prayer pledge and sign up to pray for a year.”
“It’s awesome what God is doing through our leadership. It’s not just Central Park, it’s a community-wide campaign this year.”
At the gazebo, a National Day of Prayer proclamation will be read by Johnstown Mayor Tom Trigona and the opening prayer will be given by Ashley Sisca, constituent advocate for U.S. Rep. Keith Rothfus.
A flag ceremony and the Pledge of Allegiance will be handled by the VFW Post 155 Ritual Team, and “The Star-Spangled Banner” will be sung.
Local Christian band United from Tire Hill Church of the Brethren will play from 11 a.m. to noon, will help to lead the worship service, then perform again at the end.
Crowe has called upon the following local leaders to serve as prayer speakers:
• Sister Carol Ann, pastoral care at Memorial Medical Center, church.
• Pastor Gladys Meyers, Praise Center Full Gospel Church, government.
• Sonny Consiglio, St. Vincent DePaul Food For Families, family and youth.
• Frank Dachille, Dachille Architects, business professional.
• Bonnie Berkebile, Cambria County Christian School principal, education.
• Pastor Nila Cogan, Johnstown Clergy Association, military.
• Pastor Don Beam, retired United Methodist minister, media.
A closing prayer will be given by Margie Allen of the ASK Foundation.
The second service of the day, Celebrate One, the annual Christian unity event, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Greater Johnstown Christian Fellowship in Richland Township.
The evening will open with a selection from a unity praise choir of 60-plus members from area churches as area pastors come into the sanctuary, said the Rev. Randy Bain, pastor of Oakland United Methodist Church and an event organizer.
An area praise band will lead worship, then a message of hope will be given by Curtis Frampton, pastor of New Beginnings Outreach Center near Boswell.
After the message, the unity choir will lead the congregation into a time of prayer with an a cappella version of “The Lord’s Prayer.”
Several pastors will pray, then the service will end with the unity choir and guest choirs singing “High and Lifted Up.”
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