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Gainesville residents to unite in prayer Thursday
Men, women will bow heads and pray for America on Thursday
William Crump, Steve Cronic and Cindy Cline hold hands during last year’s National Day of Prayer in downtown Gainesville. More than 200 residents showed up for the group prayer event at noon. This year’s event will be at noon Thursday in the square.


National Day of Prayer Breakfast

When: 6:45-8:45 a.m. Thursday, May 5

Where: Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, Gainesville

More info: or 770-540-3770

Gainesville National Day of Prayer

When: Noon Thursday, May 5

Where: downtown Gainesville square

More info: or 770-540-3770

Dawsonville National Day of Prayer

When: Noon Thursday, May 5

Where: Dawsonville City Hall and Racing Museum, 415 Ga. 53,  Dawsonville

More info: or 678-343-3113

Cornelia National Day of Prayer

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5

Where: First Presbyterian Church, 175 Pine St., Cornelia

More info: or 706-778-4945

Winder National Day of Prayer

When: Noon Thursday, May 5

Where: Jug Tavern Park, E. Athens St., Winder

More info: or 770-307-5841

It doesn’t matter what denomination you belong to or how you choose to pray on the National Day of Prayer.

“It is a special day with many church denominations, businesses and individuals from all over our community and county coming together to pray, in one voice, for our nation,” organizer Maxine Wagner said.

The day falls on the first Thursday in May, starting back in 1775 with the Continental Congress. Each year the president of the United States signs a proclamation to designate the day as one for prayer.

The goal is to “wake up America,” through prayer and “bring people together across the nation to humble ourselves before God, seeking forgiveness for our corporate sins as a nation as well as personal sins,” Wagner said.

Wagner is part of the planning committee that organizes events for the day each year.

“I love being a part of the planning and participating in this most amazing day,” she said.

One such event will be from 6:45 to 8:45 a.m. at the Gainesville Civic Center, 830 Green St. NE, in Gainesville. It’s an annual breakfast with food catered by Longstreet Cafe.

Kelvin Cochran, former administrator of the U.S. Fire Administration and former Atlanta Fire Department chief, will be the featured speaker.

“(The breakfast) starts the day off with 350 to 400 individuals enjoying a delicious breakfast, listening to prayer leaders at each table all over the room praying for topics affecting our nation, experiencing uplifting music and being inspired by a great speaker,” Wagner said.

Festivities will then move to the downtown Gainesville square at noon. The “Prayer on the Square” event will have seven stations set up, each with prayer needs for the nation.

“(The square) provides a beautiful setting for an hour of music and prayer, where close to 200 people will rotate around seven prayer stations to once again hear prayers lifted to God on behalf of America,” Wagner said.

The National Day of Prayer’s website,, provides more information about the day and events.

“It is both are spiritual responsibility according to God’s word and it is also our civic duty as a citizen or resident of this great nation to respond when we are called upon by our leaders,” the Rev. Dion Wilmore said on the website.

“As our nation struggles with foreign and domestic threats, economic insecurity, cultural tensions, and continual challenges to basic constitutional rights, citizens of the United States are preparing to heed the call by our elected leaders to rise to the occasion and exercise one of their most precious freedoms — the right to gather, turn to God, and pray.”