No prayer service set in downtown Greenfield this year

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Those attending the 2023 National Day of Prayer service sing along to worship music on the Hancock County Courthouse Plaza. No service is planned this year, but organizers sound hopeful about having one next year.

GREENFIELD — Thursday is designated as the National Day of Prayer. There is no service planned in downtown Greenfield this year as in years past.

Members of the local ministerial association traditionally organize the event, which has taken place for about 30 years (except in 2020). The 2022 midday event, as an example, drew about 60 people.

Some members say the noon service on Hancock County Courthouse Plaza is subject to weather, and that can drive attendance down. In the past, services rained out from the plaza have taken place inside a nearby church or at Greenfield’s city hall.

“As the community is growing, we just felt it was a good time to reevaluate and consider coming back with something new next year,” Adam Detamore, one of the pastors in the association, wrote in an email.

Those looking for a prayer service can check the National Day of Prayer Task Force site, which offers a place to search for nearby NDP events by zip code (https://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/events/gathering-search).

Among the events taking place in Indiana are an observance at noon Thursday in the north atrium of the Indiana Statehouse, an event at noon Thursday at Carmel City Hall, and an outdoor prayer gathering at 6 p.m. Thursday at 300 S. Madison Ave. in Greenwood.

The task force’s website (www.nationaldayofprayer.org) also offers other resources and downloadable prayer guides for individuals and families.