By Daniel Brunty
The Choctaw Plaindealer
This year’s National Day of Prayer held even more meaning for the Choctaw community as they celebrated the event on May 1 at 12 noon in front of the Choctaw County Courthouse.
With the tragic weather events that took place in neighboring Winston County on April 28, this year’s National Day of Prayer service held a solemn tone as many minds were on the victims.
Bro. Jerry Lawson began the service with a welcome, in which he mentioned for all to keep the people of Winston County in their hearts and minds on this occasion. Lawson followed his welcome with the opening prayer of the service.
Next the Choctaw County High School Choir, directed by Ms. Sue Tarver, sang the “National Anthem”, followed with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Sis. Alies Therese.
This year’s “Why We Pray” segment was delivered by Mr. Nathan Linkins, who was followed by Rep. Joey Hood with a Prayer for our Government. The Prayer for our Military was delivered by Bro. Rob Faulk, who invited all the veterans of war onstage to be recognized for their service.
Ms. Sue Tarver delivered a Prayer for our Education, and Bro. James Boyd delivered the Prayer for our Churches. The Prayer for the Family was given by Bro. Bill Taylor, while the Prayer for Business was done by Mr. Charles Salley. The last prayer was for the media, and it was given by Mr. Joel Coleman.
The CCHS Choir sang a splendid rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” before Bro. Scott Broughton provided the benediction for the service.
Refreshments were then served to all who had attended. Coordinators of the event would like to give a special thanks to Sonny’s Smokehouse, SuperValu, and Bumpers.