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PRINCETON (WVVA) - People across the Two Virginias observed the National Day of Prayer Thursday.

Festivities at the Wild Meadow Baptist Church in White Sulphur Springs included music, food, and fellowship.

People from the whole community were invited to attend.

There were also people praying inside the church for the government, the people of Greenbrier County, and others.

The pastor there says he thinks the nation needs this prayer.

"I think we see the things going along around us, our drug problems and the killings, and all the school shootings. And I think it's time we get back to god," said Pastor Lowell O'Dell.

More than 70 people attended the event.

In Princeton, the Greater Princeton Ministerial Alliance sponsored a Day of Prayer observance outside the main entrance of the Mercer County Courthouse.

Around 50 people gathered to prayer while others prayed for specific areas like government, the military and the church.

Organizers believe the event shows unity to the community.

"When you look around a group like this you assume that everybody here believes the same politically and all that and that's not necessarily the case," said Rev. Scott Hodge. "I think when we gather like this, it tends to overcome some political differences that we all might have, and we gather under one banner, and that's the banner of the church ."

In Beckley, a 24-hour prayer space was set up at Woodlawn Park in Uptown Beckley, where people took time out to not only pray but read scripture.

The national day of prayer dates back to 19-52. It was moved to the first Thursday in May in 1988.

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