Such a Time as This: National Day of Prayer Calls Christians and America to ‘Wake Up’

Published Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 2:18 pm

Photos by Jessica Isaacs | [email protected]

Believers in Christ and the power of prayer came together at the Boone Mall on Thursday for the inaugural High Country National Day of Prayer Festival.

Orchestrated by Salvation Ministries, a Boone-based organization, the one-hour public prayer meeting drew a crowd of people who came together to pray for our country.

Following this year’s “Wake Up America” theme, pastors, ministry leaders and elected officials took to the podium and urged the local faith community to step up and follow God’s commandment to turn the nation to Him in prayer.

The High Country is one of innumerable communities across the country who took time to observe National Day of Prayer on Thursday.

Messages and prayers included:

  • The national anthem performed by Dr. Priscilla Porterfield, professor at Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music
  • A prayer for families delivered by the Rev. Jason Powers, youth minister at Mount Vernon Baptist Church
  • A call to the nation by the Rev. Chris Hughes
  • A prayer for the military by Roman Gabriel III, president of Sold Out Youth Ministry and former NFL athlete
  • A prayer for the High Country community by the Rev. Peter Vandenberg of Middle Fork Baptist Church
  • A keynote message from former North Carolina senator Dan Soucek
  • A prayer for the nation and closing message from the Rev. Charlie Martin of Bethel Baptist Church

For more information on National Day of Prayer, read our preview story for the program and visit nationaldayofprayer.org.

Check out our photos from Thursday’s public prayer meeting:

Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.

Isaiah 58:1

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

Chris Hughes, Salvation Ministries

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

Roman Gabriel III, Sold Out Ministry

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

the Rev. Peter Vandenberg, Middle Fork Baptist Church

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

Chris Hughes, Salvation Ministries

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

The Rev. Charlie Martin, Bethel Baptist Church

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

High Country National Day of Prayer 2016. Photo by Jessica Isaacs.

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