WILLIAMSTOWN -"Participating in the National Day of Prayer gives us the opportunity to join our voices together as one," said the Rev. Lauren Godwin with the Sandhill United Methodist Church in Williamstown.
Williamstown has held its event at noon on the steps of the city building at W. Fifth Street for more than a decade. Pastors from the Williamstown Ministerial Alliance have organized and participated in the program with their own prayers for the community, city, nation and world.
This year's program included the Pledge of Allegiance, a proclamation by Mayor Jean Ford and prayers with moments of reflection from the four pastors involved: the Rev. Steve Gedon with the First United Methodist Church, the Rev. Elizabeth Campbell-Maleke with the First Presbyterian Church of Williamstown, the Rev. Diane Kenaston with Crossroads United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Steve Delay with Faith Bible Church and Godwin.
Campbell-Maleke asked the crowd what prayer looks like and was surprised when one community member put her open arms up to the sky.
"Prayer is an open-ness," she said. "We use prayer with hands, actions. It is part of the whole of our lives.
"Prayer is our real selves going before the real God and asking for help," Campbell-Maleke added. "My prayer for today is for all of us to recognize we have the opportunity for prayer and what a gift it is."
The Williamstown High School Choral Ensemble performed in front of the city building.
During her prayer, Kenaston asked that God help everyone work for the world they wish to see.
"Teach us to always be humble and err on the side of love so our world will look more like your kingdom," Kenaston prayed.