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National Day of Prayer Comes to Lake Como

Pastor Randy Smith of Grace Bible School leads a group in prayer during the National Day of Prayer observance in front of Lake Como Borough Hall. Credits: Cathy Goetz

LAKE COMO, NJ — Shortly before the National Day of Prayer observance in front of Lake Como Borough Hall on May 4, there was much going on along Main Street around noontime.

As the sun’s warmth mixed with the crisp breeze, the picture-perfect spring day brought out moms with babies in strollers, the Academy Charter High School students for recess and shoppers to the borough’s quaint downtown area.

As Pastor Randy Smith of Grace Bible School was chatting with arriving participants, he acknowledged the bustle of activity around him: “It’s a joy to come out here and not fear for our lives,” Smith said. “It’s a blessing to live in our country. And prayer is the greatest thing we can do.”

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It was a fitting beginning to the 20-minute service, which attracted about a dozen people who joined together in prayer “For Your Great Name’s Sake” — the theme for the observance.

Following a program provided by the National Day of Prayer Task Force, prayers were offered for the government, military, media, business, education, church and family. "The biggest thing we can pray for is our country’s revival and for it to turn to God,” said Smith, who has led the service every year, even after his church moved from Lake Como to Wall about seven years ago. “We go forward in hope, joy and peace, (knowing) we are on the winning team.”

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