The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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December 28, 2013

Local leading New Year's prayer vigil at courthouse

While some people will be lighting fireworks or watching TV specials on New Year's Eve, Palestine resident Ann Wilbourn will make her way to the Anderson County Courthouse to pray — and she's inviting other residents to join her.

“I don't have a name for it or anything,” she said. “It's not any particular group, it's not political, it's just (for) anyone who wants to lift up and pray for our county, state and our nation at the beginning of this new year.”

The event will take place at 11:45 p.m. in front of the courthouse on Church Street.

Wilbourn, who attends Evangelistic Temple in Palestine, remembers participating in a similar prayer event on New Year's Eve at the same location in 1998.

“There were about 15 to 20 people who showed up there, and we prayed together for our county, then for our nation,” she said.

Wilbourn wanted to do it again and mentioned the idea to friends at church, who encouraged her. She said anyone from the community is welcome to attend, adding “they should probably dress warmly of course,” since it's at night.

“There's a place in Scripture that says where two are together gathered in his name, he's there in the midst of them,” she said.

For more information, call Wilbourn at 903-922-1844.

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