Madera joins in national observances
A community prayer gathering that’s usually held during the evening on the National Day of Prayer was moved to noon this year.
Praying earlier on Thursday was intended to accommodate people who work so they’d pray during lunchtime, said John Pursell, the pastor of the Believers Church of Madera and a member of the Madera Ministerial Association.
He led 54 people, who gathered before the steps of the Madera County Museum, in praying for local, state and federal officials.
“Today we are just asking the citizens to come together and pray for our nation. Just come together and ask the Lord to help our nation in different areas and bring us into a consciousness of God and bring our nation back to a place of serving him,” said Pursell...