Of the Baker City Herald

A gathering of about 100 people celebrated the National Day of Prayer at the Baker County Courthouse on Thursday afternoon. The 51st annual event honored the theme of andquot;God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1.andquot;)

Music for the event was furnished by the young people of Baker Valley Christian Assembly's band, Threshing Floor. Two young girls from the church also furnished a simultaneous translation of the words of the songs into sign language.

The keynote speaker was Brian Cole who shared his concerns about the nation's security after the events of Sept. 11. President George W. Bush had called for a national day of prayer on Sept. 14, while Cole was attending a Promise Keepers convention. (Promise Keepers is an interdenominational Christian men's ministry.)

andquot;In the past three to four weeks I have felt an overwhelming sense of peace, that nothing can hurt us now,andquot; Cole said.

Pastor Roger Scovil urged the listeners to andquot;Send a revival across this nationandquot; in his closing remarks and benediction.

The audience represented people from many different churches joined together to share a moment of prayer for the support of the nation and its people.