‘Where two or three are gathered’: Individuals go to plaza to pray on National Day of Prayer

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GREENFIELD — There was no service to beckon them to the Hancock County Courthouse Plaza, but a few individuals informally met there anyway and prayed together at noon Thursday, designated as the National Day of Prayer.

Shellie Calvert said when she learned there was no local service planned this year, she was at first “kind of upset” and said in a social media comment she hoped people would still show up. “And then the Lord said, ‘Why not you?’” she said. She then changed her comment to say she would be there.

She and a group of family members and friends gathered in a circle under the plaza’s pagoda and, as worship music softly played on her phone, offered prayers for government leaders, law enforcement, educators and other requests. Someone passing by noticed the group, stopped and joined the circle. A couple of others who also came to the plaza at that time also joined the circle. All told, nine people participated in the prayer group.

After praying they concluded with a cappella singing of a couple of choruses of the modern worship song “How Great Is Our God” and the well-known hymn “How Great Thou Art.”