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Bible reading, prayer event highlights week

A large crowd fills the grounds of the Alcorn County Courthouse last May for the annual National Day of Prayer event.

Staff photo by Zack Steen

By Brant Sappington

bsappington@dailycorinthian.com

Residents will be encouraged to "Love One Another" next week as the community comes together to celebrate National Day of Prayer.

Activities begin on Monday at 7 a.m. with the fourth annual round-the-clock Bible reading at court square. Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin will kick things off as the first reader.

Co-organizer Ricky Pope said this year's National Day of Prayer theme of "Love One Another" is at the heart of the effort.

"We're just trying to bring people together for one cause and that's to share the love of God with our community," he said.

Following Monday's opening ceremony, volunteers will read the Bible continuously until the start of the National Day of Prayer events on Thursday at 11:45 a.m. on the courthouse steps.

Pope said anyone who would like to read for any amount of time is invited to join in.

In addition to the reading, a prayer tent will also be available for those who want to leave prayer requests or have someone pray with them or for them. A children's tent will also be set up with activities for the kids including an opportunity to write encouraging letters to the troops.

A period of worship featuring local and area musicians, musical groups and others will be held on Tuesday evening beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The commemoration of the official National Day of Prayer begins at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday on the courthouse steps.

Rev. Warring Porter of First Presbyterian Church, an organizer of the event, said they invite the community to come together at that time to join together in prayer and in faith.

The program will include area ministers, pastors and community leaders offering prayers focused on various areas including education, business, churches, government and the community.

"We want to bring people together that share their faith. We all share a common relationship with Christ," he said.