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Linda Kellett - Area residents offer praise during the National Day of Prayer celebration.

Linda Kellett - Don Massad, pastor of the Higher Ground Bible College in Middleville, preaches during the National Day of Prayer celebration hosted by the Valley Alliance Church in Haslett Park.

Linda Kellett - Willis Mang, a member of Valley Alliance Church of Nelliston’s Youth Praise Band, pours his heart into a song of praise.

Linda Kellett - Residents from across the Mohawk Valley take part in the National Day of Prayer celebration in Haslett Park last Thursday.

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Fort Plain’s Haslett Park hosts National Day of Prayer service

Thursday, May 10, 2012 - Updated: 9:35 AM

By LINDA KELLETT

C-S-E News Staff

FORT PLAIN — Golden Son-light reigned down last week as residents from the Capital Region to Central New York gathered in Haslett Park for the annual National Day of Prayer celebration.

Remarkably, overcast skies and a dreary drizzle gave way to blue skies as members of the Valley Alliance Church’s Youth Praise Band lifted their voices in song: “I want to sit at your feet. Drink from the cup in your hand. Lean back against you and breath; feel your heart beat. This love is so deep. It’s more than I can stand. I melt in your peace; it’s overwhelming.”

Dave Prahst, pastor of the hosting Valley Alliance Church, noted that at least 10 different churches were represented at the well-attended event, which drew around 100 people. He said the gathering offered a chance to “demonstrate unity in the body of Christ.”

“The more I seek you, the more I find you. The more I find you, the more I love you,” the praise band sang.

Guest speaker Don Massad, the pastor of the Higher Ground Bible College in Middleville, referred to verses in Chapter 10 in the gospel of Luke, in which Lazarus’ sister, Mary, worshipped at the feet of Jesus.

He said, “She’s a great example to all of us, that there’s something more important than serving God, and that’s loving God. There’s something more important than serving God, and that’s intimacy with God. The intimacy comes in the prayer time. The intimacy comes as we draw closer to him.”

Prahst said he believes that God answers prayer; and vocalist Hannah Nare, who’s coordinated the prayer event since she was 14, told those assembled that prayer is about “being in communion with God... God will meet you where you’re at.”

Additionally, Willis Mang noted that “you can talk to God in your head.”

As the service concluded, small prayer groups formed at various locations around the park, including a designated prayer station.

Prahst explained the purpose of the prayer station: “We offer prayer if people have prayer concerns. I usually write them in a notebook, and we pray for them. It’s kind of like a gas station. If you need gas, you go to a gas station. If you need prayer you go to a prayer station.”

Unlike gas, however, “prayer is free,” said Prahst.

“It’s just a nice ministry. We just want to show concern and meet needs,” he added.

On May 16 starting at 7 p.m., the Valley Alliance Church will host a women’s healing service. All are welcome.

Linda Kellett - Area residents listen as Pastor Don Massad, from the Higher Ground Bible College in Middleville, preaches.

Linda Kellett - From the left: Willis Mang, Hannah Nare, Jeremy Gies, and Susanna Prahst, members of Valley Alliance Church of Nelliston’s Youth Praise Band, perform.

     

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