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Join National Day of Prayer Event at City Hall Thursday

Local residents from throughout North Fulton will join together to pray at Roswell City Hall on Thursday, May 3 from noon until 1 p.m.

North Fulton residents will unite in prayer at for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3.

Gathered around the Faces of War Memorial, Roswell residents and those from neighboring cities will pray for the nation's financial, moral and spiritual well being.

The annual event includes one hour of music and prayer.

It is "set in a wonderful and purposeful atmosphere of faith and expectation for what God can do in our city and nation," states this year's flyer.

Over the years, the National Day of Prayer at Roswell City Hall has been well attended. The event is free and will take place Thursday, May 3 from noon until 1 p.m. at the Faces of War Memorial in front of city hall, 38 Hill Street.

Rabbi Fred Greene May 01, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I for one like the idea of neighbors coming together and sharing in prayer. Putting our differences aside to share our feelings of gratitude and hope. That is a very powerful tribute to our community and to our country. I will be doing the same with the Rotary of North Fulton. However, the narrator on the video says that we should all come together as Christians.... That's where I think the City of Roswell can do better. We are a city of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Baha'is, and so many more. To say we are going to come together only as Christians...well, that leaves out my entire congregation. I love the idea of a National Day of Prayer. I love the idea of people of different faiths praying together, even if we share our authentic prayers as we need to say them... But to say that we are coming together as Christians, then it isn't really for the City of Roswell. It is for the Christians in Roswell. I think Roswell is wonderful because it is diverse and those who live here are invested in this community. May your prayers be filled with hope, fulfilling to you as an individual, and may the Holy One bless us all.
Dr. Lane Alderman May 02, 2012 at 01:45 PM
I join with my friend Rabbi Greene in giving thanks for a community which is willing to lift each other up in prayer, and I am grateful for public displays of prayer such as the National Day of Prayer. I am sorry that I am going to be out of town and unable to join in this special time. I can assure you that I will be praying on my own! I do echo Rabbi Greene’s comments about our community coming together as Christians. As a Christian pastor, I certainly believe it is important for Christians to gather together to pray for each other and for the world. On a National Day of Prayer, however, it seems appropriate for us to come together from various backgrounds to lift up our nation in prayer, each in our own manner. I was interested that the video even included what appeared to be a Rabbi calling the people to prayer with the ancient shofar. Even from afar, I look forward to joining Rabbi Greene as well as countless others in lifting up our city and our nation in prayer. May God bless us all.
M Schwartz May 03, 2012 at 02:25 PM
When I first saw the signs in Roswell for this gathering my first thought was finally! A National Day of Prayer! We can gather in OUR beautiful city and pray for OUR community as ONE community, for OUR nation as ONE nation. But after listening to the video it is clear that this is going to be a Christian based event. Don’t we ALL pray? Does it matter who will stand next to you while you pray? Aren’t we to gather to pray for the same thing? I truly believe in the power of prayer and I believe that coming together as a community, regardless of your religious background, could be extremely powerful. If we are to come together to pray “In America for America” then perhaps coming together as an interfaith community would be a better approach. As Rabbi Fred Greene said…”May your prayers be filled with hope, fulfilling to you as an individual, and may the Holy One bless us all”

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