"Righteousness exalteth a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people." This scripture from the book of Proverbs was quoted by local Pastor Steve Cook to set the focus of a ceremony outside town hall Thursday.
The gathering was part of several events in the Rim country recognizing the National Day of Prayer, a declaration re-emphasized by President Bush after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.
Local clergy from various denominations offered prayers on behalf of our government and the people who serve our community.
"Thank You for President Bush ... who bends his knee before You each morning as he seeks Your guidance and wisdom," said retired pastor Jerry Green.
"God bless America. But even as I ask You to bless America, I also beg of You, God forgive America. Please forgive us for our sins, especially for our pornography, drugs, abortions, too many movies, television and other types of media which are offensive to You, and for the impact those sins have on other nations."
Green went on to offer gratitude to God for protecting U.S. troops, but also acknowledged that all freedom is ultimately from God.
He asked for a blessing on members of the military and read 55 names of military personnel from local families.