Troy’s downtown square a place for prayer, hope

Published 7:48 pm Friday, May 3, 2024

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This week, March 29 through May 3, has been a meaningfully busy one in downtown Troy.

The annual Bible Reading Marathon began early Monday morning at the Gazebo on the square and concluded at with a noon service on Thursday, the National Day of Prayer.

Linda Adams, Salem-Troy Baptist Association, said the Bible Reading Marathon provided an opportunity for all believers to read God’s Word openly and with the assurance that God’s Word will not return void.

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Adams said 2024 is the 18th year for the Bible Reading Marathon and it is a blessing to continue be able read God’s Word in public places.

The National Day of Prayer ceremony at noon brought the Troy/ Pike County community together for a time set aside for prayer and meditation and turning to God.

Dr. Ross Langford, pastor of First Baptist Church of Troy, drew attention to the passage in Joshua that exhorted the Israelites to remember what God had done in delivering them out of Egypt and into the Promised Land and, yet, in one generation had failed to teach the next generation of God’s faithfulness.

In citing Chronicles 7:14, the pastor called for revival in our churches and a return to preaching the Word of God and leading youth in the Truth of Jesus Christ our Savior, said Ginny Hamm.

“Dr. Lankford said the National Day of Prayer was an opportunity to turn our Nation around to a people who served and honored God,” Hamm said. He offered prayer for our local, state and national leaders.”

To bring the National Day of Prayer to a meaningful close, there was time for those in attendance to form small prayer groups and pray.

Hamm said there seemed to be more people at the National Day of Prayer service and that is encouragement for the people of all Pike County and beyond.