On May 3, the fifteenth observance of the National Day of Prayer in Carbondale took place at the Trinity Episcopal Church. The event, designated by the United States Congress to be held annually on the first Thursday in May, follows the intention once declared by President Abraham Lincoln: “... it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God...”

Sponsored by the Carbondale Area Ministerium, the evening service began with a concert of spirited music and singing accompanied by the Community Bible Church music ministry. Bible readings and prayers for the nation followed, presented by local residents and community leaders.

Participants in this year’s service included: Carbondale Police and Firefighters, John Gorel, Rudi Anderson, Pastor Rick Miller, John Gigliotti, Rep. Sid Kavulich, Linda Melnick, Pastor Jay Best, Lauraann Ohman, Chaplain William Gagas, Sandra Anderson, Sister Jane Connolly, Pastor Nancy Esbenshade, Michelle Bannon, Jackie Tyson, Dr. Matthew Haley, Lori Houman, John Kameen, Father Brian Clarke. The Ministerium thanks all who participated and came together in this great service.