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Red Bay celebrates National Day of Prayer

Despite the COVID-19 virus keeping people apart, more than 50 in the Red Bay community came together Thursday to observe the National Day of Prayer.

It perhaps did not look like a typical Red Bay National Day of Prayer, with citizens spread throughout Bay Tree Park, masks covering their smiling faces. Although citizens remained at least 6 feet apart at all times, the aura of community togetherness was prevalent.

“I am so thankful to live in a God-fearing community – now more than ever – and I’m sure you are too,” said Red Bay Mayor Charlene Fancher. “I’m so thankful to live in rural Red Bay, Alabama. Our world has changed drastically over the past couple of months, but what we do know for sure is that God almighty is the only one in control.”

Fancher said for at least for the past 12 years that she has been a part of the Red Bay administration, Red Bay has recognized the National Day of Prayer.

Local pastors led the group in prayer, with Red Bay First Baptist Church Pastor Bill Harper leading the opening prayer.

The short sermon for the day was delivered by Red Bay First United Methodist Church Pastor Dallas Culver.

“On this National Day of Prayer, we come to devote ourselves and to pray for God to bless our country, our state and our community,” Culver said.

Culver said during this time when the COVID-19 virus has brought so much uncertainty, it is comforting to know God is in control of all things at all times.

“The president of the United States doesn’t know what to do right now. Our governor doesn’t know what to do right now, and even our mayor doesn’t know what to do right now,” Culver said. “I believe it is time to devote ourselves to God in prayer.”

After Culver’s sermon, Red Bay Trinity Assembly of God Pastor David Kelley led the closing prayer, and Red Bay High School senior Bailey Bolton ended the service with the singing of the National Anthem.

Fancher said it is always encouraging to see people come out for the National Day of Prayer, but it is even more encouraging this year, during this tough time.

“Thank you for praying consistently for our city, our state and our nation,” Fancher said. “We might not know exactly what to do during this time, but I am just so thankful to know that through all of this, God is in control and will see us through it.”