Community prayer service set for Jan. 5

Published 12:33 pm Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Come one, come all to pray at the start of the new year.

All are invited to pray for community, elected officials, schools, first responders and more at the 13th annual Community Prayer Service at 10 a.m. Jan. 5 at Cathedral Church of God, 3313 Lexington Road.

In case of inclement weather, the service will be postponed to Jan. 12.

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Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner and Clark County Judge-Executive Henry Branham started the tradition in 2006, and ever since the two have organized the service at churches throughout the community in January.

The service is held at a different church every year. Several community organizations participate in the ceremony every year, and dozens of people of all ages, ranging from children to some in their 80s attend.

During the hour-long service, featured prayer leaders will lead attendees in prayer for different groups. Prayer leaders for this year’s service include Gordon Parido leading prayer for schools, students, teachers, staff administrators and parents; Judy Crowe leading prayer for volunteers, churches, nonprofits and help groups; Ryan Bradney leading prayer for courts, jails, fire departments, EMS personnel, law enforcement and first responders; Jeff Hohman leading prayer for those in the military — active duty, retired veterans and reservists; Robert Gayheart leading prayer for those in distress; and Raymond Smith leading prayer for elected officials, appointed officials and civil government.

Following the prayer leaders, Burtner will take prayer requests from those in attendance and give a closing. David Douglas will give the benediction.

Burtner said the event is a way for the community at large, across denominations and among various backgrounds, to start the year off on the right footing.

“I think it’s a way for the community to come together across denominational boundaries,” Burtner said. “ … It’s a way the community as a whole can begin the year with reflection and prayer, and I think that’s good for the community.”

About Lashana Harney

Lashana Harney is a reporter for The Winchester Sun. Her beats include schools and education, business and commerce, Winchester Municipal Utilities and other news. To contact her, email or call 859-759-0015.

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