EL CENTRO â€“ Thursday, worshipers filled the sanctuary at Christ Community Church in El Centro, coming from churches and denominations from all corners of the Valley to become One Voice United In Prayer, signifying this yearâ€™s theme.
Helping to create a heart of worship was the Imperial Valley College and Career Worship Band led by musical leader Jonathan Perez.
The band belongs to a non-denominational group of young people representing over 40 churches that meets Sunday nights at 1st Christian Church.
â€œThe band toned down their sound,â€ said Jeff Studevant who started the group years ago in his home. Now the 100 plus group meets at a church that can accommodate their size. â€œFor their home worship, they play a little harder and louder! But, rightly so, they played for a more diverse group than just young adults!â€
The Imperial County National Day of Prayer Task Force organized the 10th Annual Day of Prayer, choosing pastors from 8 churches to speak on the seven centers of influence: government, military, media, business, education, church and family.
Opening the ceremonies, the El Centro Naval Air Facility Color Guard presented the colors, followed by 9-year-old Emma Walker of Gateway Church singing the national anthem, filling the church with her rendition.
Led by pastors, the congregation prayed for the country and all parts that make up the nation. Each prayer was followed by a response from the praise team.
â€œThat was wonderful,â€ Anne Ingram of Brawley said, â€œI liked all the different pastors who spoke, many I had never heard before. This was a great evening.â€