Guided prayer
Guided prayer was followed by moments of silence for individual prayer.

The Hudson Area Ministerial Association hosted a Community Day of Prayer at Bethel Lutheran Church in the early morning of Thursday, May 19. 

In the eyes of Jesus, unity and love for one another are some of the most distinguishable characteristics of Christians, Pastor John Lestock of Bethel Lutheran Church said. 

The day of prayer invited nine congregations together to collectively pray on eight topics. 

Regardless of denomination, all were invited to participate in the service. 

Lestock said there is great importance in working to keep the people of god working together. 

In a time where polarization and division wreaks havoc, the day of prayer provided space for the community to be reminded of its commonalities.

Pastors from different Hudson Area Ministerial Association churches provided a one minute prayer, followed by three minutes of silence and song. 

The collective community congregation prayed for physical needs, the Hudson community, the nation and world, comfort, peace, the environment and more throughout the service. 

Afterward, folks stuck around for fellowship, “a good sign,” Lestock said. “They got the point of this.” 

The ministerial association has hosted Community Days of Prayer before and hopes to host them more often in the future. 

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