SOMERVILLE, NJ - Worshippers gathered on the lawn and steps of the Historic Somerset County Courthouse last night for an hour of songs, praise and blessings during the local observance of the National Day of Prayer.

Similar events were held in Washington, DC and throughout the country.

Rev. Timothy J. Wolf, pastor of the New Horizon Christian Fellowship in Hillsborough, and local coordinator of the National Day of Prayer services, presented several speakers who offered prayers for government and community workers and their service to those in need; military personnel and their families, business, industry and education leaders and families, parents, children and youth.

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The crowd joined in National Day of Prayer songs performed by Pastor Shawn White, Daniel Mantz, Matthew Mantz and Joshua Wolf from Gateway Church and the New Horizon Christian Fellowship. Songs included: “Only King Forever;” “Mighty to Save;” “10,000 Reasons,” and “Cornerstone.”

Those offering messages included Len Deo, president, NJ Family Policy Council and NJ Family First, from St. Ann Church, Parsippany; US Army Sgt. Charles Kitchens, Fellowship Bible Church, Hillsborough; Michael Shields, assistant director of Admissions at Pillar College, Oasis Church, New Brunswick, and Mildred Molina, mother and business owner, New Horizon Christian Fellowship, Hillsborough.

Also on hand were Mysti Johnson, on-air personality from Star 99.1, Zarephath and Charles Bott, board member, New Horizon Christian Fellowship, Hillsborough.

A joint resolution of Congress signed by President Harry Truman in 1952 declared an annual, national day of prayer. The law was amended in 1988 and signed by President Ronald Reagan, setting aside the first Thursday of every May as the National Day of Prayer.