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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | September 19, 1997
A coalition of ministers representing black churches in the Baltimore region yesterday called for a "day of prayer and fasting" on Oct. 13 to highlight the violence that besets the community.Led by the Rev. Frank M. Reid III, pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in West Baltimore, the ministers called on people to take that Monday off work and gather at churches, synagogues or mosques at noon for prayer."This plan comes out of our concern for the pervasive and escalating problem of violence and poverty and the politics of exclusion in Baltimore city and county," Reid said at a news conference attended by about a dozen ministers at Bethel AME Church.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Baltimore Sun reporter | May 5, 2011
A crowd gathered quietly before the courthouse in downtown Bel Air on Thursday. While traffic traveled steadily along Main Street and many left their offices for various lunchtime destinations, this group spent the noon hour in prayer. "It is a privilege and honor to pray," said Dawn Massimini of Forest Hill. "I am so thankful that I have the freedom to pray publicly without fear of persecution. " The Harford County town, like thousands of communities across Maryland and the nation, marked the 60th annual National Day of Prayer with petitions for the country's welfare and words of gratitude for the freedom to worship openly.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | May 4, 2001
More than 100 people spent the noon hour in prayer yesterday as the county observed National Day of Prayer. Many in the crowd held Bibles as they gathered in front of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Westminster and listened to supplications for families, farmers, police officers and others. They stood on the lawn and listened intently. Small children played quietly on the grass beside men and women in business attire. Many employees had walked one block from the County Office Building to spend a lunch hour in prayer, among them Commissioner Robin Bartlett Frazier.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun reporter | May 2, 2008
The sounds of heartfelt prayer and solemn hymns rose above the constant din of traffic, the incessant racket from construction and the lunchtime babble on a bustling Main Street yesterday. The noise did not distract a crowd gathered at noon outside the Harford County Courthouse in Bel Air. They heard only their shared voices joined in prayer. In a scene replicated throughout the country, people came together and observed National Day of Prayer with petitions, familiar hymns and patriotic anthems.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Staff writer | April 8, 1992
"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves andpray and seek my face and turn from wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land."WESTMINSTER-- Marcia J. Reinhart cited that verse from Chronicles as she calledon the community to join in observing a National Day of Prayer May 7.This year, the 41st consecutive national observance, Reinhart hasorganized a local service at noon at the Vietnam Memorial on Court Street."Not everyone prays or believes the same way," she said.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | May 5, 1995
The victims of the Oklahoma City bombing were in the prayers of those who gathered yesterday at Vietnam Memorial Park in Westminster for a local ceremony observing National Day of Prayer."
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2004
Along with communities throughout the country, Carroll County will observe the National Day of Prayer tomorrow with gatherings that will draw hundreds to churches, schools and a veterans memorial. Led by area pastors, participants will celebrate the freedom to gather, worship and pray, offering petitions for the country, their neighbors and their families. "We really need to acknowledge God in the public square and call on him for guidance," said Dick Geyer, who is helping to organize the three county events.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 30, 2003
Carroll County's devout will raise their collective voice in public prayer tomorrow, joining counterparts in communities throughout the state and country in the 53rd National Day of Prayer. Four events in Carroll will give residents the opportunity to pray openly for the nation's leaders and for God's protection of the country, themes that will be heard across the state. "This nation really needs God," said Marcia Reinhar of Westminster, state coordinator of the annual event. She said bumper stickers reading "God Bless America" and brief words of grace before meals are not enough, adding, "We need to thank him for the results of the war and to ask for his protection here at home.
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By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff writer | May 10, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- Joined by faith in the power of prayer, about 100 county citizens gathered Thursday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to observe the National Day of Prayer.The ceremony by the courthouse, the first in memory in Carroll since the day was nationally recognized in 1951, brought together people of different faiths and represented a cross section of the county's people."The true reality of mankind is spiritual," said Kathy Tomarelli, a member of the local Bahai church. "We need food to grow and develop, and daily prayer is that nourishment."
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,SUN STAFF | May 2, 2002
Braving rain, cold, darkness and even tornado watches, a procession of committed Christians have taken their turns since Sunday night in a marathon, cover-to-cover reading of the Bible in front of the State House in Annapolis. Their efforts will culminate in today's National Day of Prayer, a congressionally sanctioned religious observance that will be marked by pilots praying in planes above San Francisco, Bikin' Believers riding in Dallas and 20,000 worshippers filling a stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | May 4, 2007
While noontime traffic rolled past on Main Street in Bel Air yesterday, a crowd of about 100 people gathered in front of the Harford County Courthouse in small groups. Clusters of strangers filled the courtyard, locking arms with one another, eyes closed and heads bowed. This was not the monthly assembly of peace demonstrators, the casual lunch bunch on a pleasant spring day, or the concert-goers at the town's weekly First Friday events, all of whom convene regularly on the courthouse grounds in the county seat.
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By MARY GAIL HARE | May 7, 2006
Marcia J. Reinhart Occupation Part-time librarian and computer specialist for the Carroll County Public Library system. In the news For the past 15 years, Reinhart has helped organize the National Day of Prayer observance in Maryland, serving twice as the state chairwoman for the event held annually on the first Thursday of May. She began the observance in Carroll County and has seen participation grow from about a dozen people to the more than 400...
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2005
The scent of lilacs in bloom, the warmth of the noon sun filtering through stately trees and the soft chatter of small children provided the background for Carroll County's observance of the National Day of Prayer yesterday. A crowd of nearly 200 gathered at the Carroll County Farm Museum in Westminster to join in hymns and fervent petitions for a nation steeped in the traditions of religious freedom. The Day of Prayer dates to 1952, when Congress declared the observance on the first Thursday of May. "We have to turn back to our roots and include God in everything," said Joan Peeling of Finksburg.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 7, 2004
In the warmth of the spring sun, mothers with babies in strollers mingled with workers on their lunch hour in a Westminster park yesterday. People knelt on the grass, sat in beach chairs or leaned against a sturdy tree. Some spread blankets on the ground while many stood. The gathering grew steadily as passers-by noticed the crowd praying and singing near the Carroll County courthouse, and then they, too, stayed to pray. About 150 people joined in the county observance of the National Day of Prayer at the Vietnam Memorial in Westminster.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | May 5, 2004
Along with communities throughout the country, Carroll County will observe the National Day of Prayer tomorrow with gatherings that will draw hundreds to churches, schools and a veterans memorial. Led by area pastors, participants will celebrate the freedom to gather, worship and pray, offering petitions for the country, their neighbors and their families. "We really need to acknowledge God in the public square and call on him for guidance," said Dick Geyer, who is helping to organize the three county events.
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By Jonathan Pitts and Jonathan Pitts,Sun Staff | May 4, 2003
So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. -- Ecclesiastes 55:11 ANNAPOLIS -- It was surely less stifling than the wilderness Jesus walked eons ago, but the late afternoon sun above Lawyer's Mall was warm enough to flush a few cheeks. At a podium near the statue of Thurgood Marshall, on the plaza between the Statehouse and the Governor's Mansion, a string of speakers, one after another, shared biblical passages with so few passers-by that a nonbeliever might have wondered whether the 10th annual Annapolis Bible Reading Marathon -- part of the National Day of Prayer -- was worth the trouble.
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By Rona S. Hirsch and Rona S. Hirsch,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 3, 2002
As diners surveyed the lunch menu yesterday outside Clyde's restaurant overlooking the Columbia lakefront, 13 people stood in a semicircle nearby praying for the United States and its president. Their white sign and stirring songs invited passers-by to join them in the National Day of Prayer, an annual event conducted nationwide for five decades. "I think prayer is so needed now for our country," said participant Kathy Brown, a secretary at Running Brook Elementary School. "Whenever believers gather together, it's a wonderful opportunity.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 30, 2003
Carroll County's devout will raise their collective voice in public prayer tomorrow, joining counterparts in communities throughout the state and country in the 53rd National Day of Prayer. Four events in Carroll will give residents the opportunity to pray openly for the nation's leaders and for God's protection of the country, themes that will be heard across the state. "This nation really needs God," said Marcia Reinhar of Westminster, state coordinator of the annual event. She said bumper stickers reading "God Bless America" and brief words of grace before meals are not enough, adding, "We need to thank him for the results of the war and to ask for his protection here at home.
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