People all over the country paused today to take part in the National Day of Prayer.

The National Day of Prayer is held on the first Thursday in May. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress. President Harry S. Truman signed it into law.

Thursday we found a crowd gathered at the Sullivan County Courthouse in Blountville for a special ceremony. Several pastors from local churches led prayers, delivered messages, and led songs as part of the ceremony.

Dr. Allen Davis is the pastor at Piney Flats First Baptist. "Any time I can join people in praying, talking to God, especially praying for something as important as our nation, I want to be part of it," he told us.

GREENEVILLE PRAYER

People in Greene County also took part in the services. The event there took place outside of the Greene County Courthouse. Local church leaders read the Presidential National Day of Prayer proclamation and led the audience in prayer.

May is the month of prayer in Greene County they will hold activities and events throughout the month.

BRISTOL PRAYER

In Bristol, about 100 people came out to Cumberland Square Park in Bristol, Virginia to participate in the day. Students from Tri-Cities Christian School provided music.

Instead of having local pastors read Bible scriptures, students from across the region read passages and offered prayers.