Standing up for God

Posted - May 11, 2006

Islanders gathered at Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs to mark the National Day of Prayer last Thursday. Photo by Sara Piazza

Thursday, May 4, was the 54th annual National Day of Prayer. This day, which is promoted by evangelical and other Christian denominations to support our country and its leaders, was celebrated on the Island with a noontime prayer service at the flagpole on the edge of Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs. The small gathering, organized by Debbie McCormick and Pastor Heather Rogero, at which seven Island churches were represented, was blessed with a bright spring sun and a cool northerly breeze.

The service included the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, prayers for national and local government, the media, the church, and the family, and the singing of "America, the Beautiful."

"We wanted to make a public proclamation," said Pastor Rogero, "to stand up for God in a public place; to unite the community, honor God, and pray for people in leadership."