Cumming, GA

A prayer for unity delivered at Cumming City Center’s first event

Justine Lookenott

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The Cumming National Day of Prayer at the Cumming City Center(Image by Justine Lookenott)

(Cumming, GA) On May 5, about 200 people from Forsyth County gathered at the still unfinished Cumming City Center amphitheater for the 2022 National Day of Prayer.

It was the amphitheater’s first event.

Surrounded by the sound of construction still ongoing and a temperature of 85 degrees, the event was opened by Parker McFarland, the coordinator for the Forsyth County Day of Prayer, before Mayor Troy Brumbalow gave his Mayoral Proclamation.

McFarland said the event’s new location at the amphitheater, where the turf had just been installed the Monday before, had been planned since last year.

“I thought it was divine providence,” McFarland said. “Only God could have orchestrated that honestly, and he did. It was a year ago that I sat down in my prayer closet in my office after the event [2021 National Day of Prayer]… and I asked him ‘what's on your heart for next year?’ And he said ‘I want you to move it to the Cumming City Center.’”

The National Day of Prayer has been held every year since 1952 when President Harry S. Truman signed into law that the country would observe one designated day of prayer a year. The first Thursday in May was decided to be its official day by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

The City of Cumming’s Day of Prayer

At this year’s event, several speakers took the stage to pray over certain topics regarding the country, including prayers for local and national governments and for unity in the church. Music was performed by Jordan Allen and Darren Bryson from The Church at War Hill in Dawsonville.

Click here to view the list of speakers and the event program.

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The "prayer tent" at the Cumming National Day of Prayer on May 5(Image by Justine Lookenott)

Church unity was highlighted several times, with McFarland saying the event was neither Democrat or Republican, just as he said God was neither of those as well.

Pastor Don Allen from The Church at War Hill added on to that thought over seeing so many people worshiping together.

“Do you understand the significance of what just happened?” Allen said. “I’m supposed to pray for unity and right here in Cumming, Georgia, where we grew up in a land divided, the stronghold was just broken and the first songs ever sung from this stage were sung in racial harmony in unity under the name of Jesus Christ.”

As for the 2023 National Day of Prayer, McFarland said he is not sure what the plans are yet, but he hopes to see the whole amphitheater full of people from other churches who want to “see God change things in our city, nation, state and world.”

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The audience listens to speakers at the Cumming National Day of Prayer event on May 5(Image by Justine Lookenott)

A to-go lunch was provided for everyone after the ceremony by Chick-fil-A.

More information on the National Day of Prayer can be found at nationaldayofprayer.org.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, contact Justine Lookenott at justine.lookenott@newsbreak.com.

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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