Criterion Club Participates In World Day Of Prayer
By Marilyn Ford
The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christians of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service. It is a movement initiated and carried out by Christians in more than 70 countries and regions. It is a movement that brings together people of various races, cultures and traditions in closer fellowship, and understanding and action throughout the year. Through World Day of Prayer, Christians affirm that Prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence in the world.
The Celebration was observed April 28, 2012 at the Criterion Recreation on West Roosevelt Street. The Theme was “Prayer Changes Things” In 2 Chronicles 7:14, the Lord proclaims “If my people, who call on my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sins, and I will heal their land.”
Sister Cynthia Pernell diligently served as Mistress of Ceremonies. The Service began with the Singing of “Prayer Will Change Things” and “Sweet Hour of Prayer.” The following participants offered Prayer. Prayer for Thanksgiving: Sister Linda Hanna, Prayer for Forgiveness: Sister Denise Mouzone, Prayer for Healing: Minister Priscilla Dunson, Prayer for Confession: Minister Shay Jackson, Prayer for Surrender: Sister Deborah Swinney, Prayer for Love: Sister Mary Alice Townsend, Prayer for Peace: Minister Annie Braswell, Prayer for Petition: Sister Marilyn Ford, Prayer for Protection: Minister Annie Braswell and the Prayer for Intercession: Sister Linda Manning-Langley.
Minister Esther Richardson eloquently delivered the Sermonette; Her Text came from James 5:16 “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.
The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. KJV. Prayer is our communication with God; we need God for everything and God knows all.
The Service ended with the Singing of “Nothing But the blood of Jesus” There was an aura of Reverence permeating the Auditorium during this communication with God.