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City prays together

Several area pastors led "breakout sessions," where participants prayed for several different aspects of American life — including the military, government, families, businesses, the media, churches, and education.

Several area pastors led “breakout sessions,” where participants prayed for several different aspects of American life — including the military, government, families, businesses, the media, churches, and education.

Hundreds of Atmore citizens of all denominations and creeds joined together Thursday to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.

Several events were held during the day, including a prayer service for the government and military at Atmore City Hall, and prayer walks held at local parks. The day’s events concluded at Escambia County High School, where crowds packed the bleachers for a community prayer service.

“It’s not every day you come together with so many people for the same purpose — to lift up the name of Jesus,” said the Rev. Willie Hawthorne.

After reading a proclamation declaring Thursday as the National Day of Prayer in Atmore, Mayor Jim Staff also announced that the city would soon hang a “In God We Trust” banner in its city council chambers.

Near the end of the service, the entire Bible was read over the span of 15 minutes, with each participant completing a passage out loud.

For more photos from the National Day of Prayer, please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Atmore-Advance/83649498468?ref=hl.