The mayor reminded the audience of a federal lawsuit in which a federal judge in Wisconsin declared the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. “She did have the foresight to put her ruling on hold until all the appeals had been made,” Rowland said. Candies Creek Baptist Church Pastor Jamie Work, who gave the prayer of confession, said the day of prayer was to recognize the belief that God is sovereign, the creator of everything and He holds everything in His power. “Therefore, He is the one we must turn to when we want everything to work right in our world when it has gone crazy,” Work said. He said the consequences of not turning to God is stated 63 times in the book of Ezekiel. He would allow disciplining measures if they strayed. “Israel and any other nation who didn’t recognize He is a sovereign God were warned that God was going to do something so they would know He is the Lord,” Work said. “Most of the time it was a punishment of some kind so you will know I am the Lord.”
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