Plant City’s Day of Prayer celebration includes music, praise
PLANT CITY About 100 people paused to seek divine intervention at the National Day of Prayer celebration at City Hall. The Thursday service included music led by Pete Battaglia, minister of music at Plant City’s First Baptist Church, and the blowing of shofars, an instrument used for Jewish religious purposes, including a call for prayer. Ray Young, who co-chaired the celebration with his wife Julie, said he appreciated the city making space available. “There’s something about meeting in the halls of government,” Young said.About 20 pastors took part in the service, and several youngsters read biblical verses. Prayers were offered for specific institutions and organizations, including government, business and agriculture, the news media and military. The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Plant City has been holding prayer day events for more than 15 years. Ray Young said he was pleased with Thursday’s service. “We believe in prayer. We honored God,” he said. There’s power in prayer, Julie Young said. “Remember that we serve an awesome God. Remember his love but also his judgment,” she said.