Middlesboro holds Day of Prayer service

Published 10:59 am Tuesday, May 7, 2024

The City of Middlesboro observed the National Day of Prayer last Thursday with a special service in the city parking lot. The theme for this year was “Lift Up the Word — Light Up the World.”

After a welcome from Mayor Boone Bowling, the Middlesboro High School JROTC Color Guard presented the flags and Jordan Hurd from the Middlesboro Police Department led the Pledge of Allegiance, then members of the Bell County High School Choir sang the National Anthem.

Jonathan Neely, pastor of New Heights Church, gave a prayer for the church.

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Romell Johnson from A.M.E. Zion Church gave a prayer for repentance.

Former Commonwealth’s Attorney Karen Green Blondell from First Christian Church gave a prayer for government.

Dating Cheek, Bell County Drug Court Coordinator, gave a prayer for strongholds and addictions.

U.S. Air Force veteran Bob Roark gave a prayer for the nation and the military.

Middlesboro High School senior Alexis Mars gave a prayer for youth.

Jonathan Defevers from the Bell County School District gave a prayer for education.

Sgt. Nick Capps from the Middlesboro Police Department gave a prayer for the community.

Nelson Bingham, owner/operator of Green Hills Funeral Home, gave a prayer for business.

Love Stallworth, M.D., gave a prayer for the family.

Steve Roark, retired Tennessee forester, gave a prayer for the environment.

The ceremony was closed by Jean Roark leading everyone in singing God Bless America.

Middlesboro’s Day of Prayer Service was organized by Micheline Carey and Jean Roark.