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Mt. Vernon holds annual prayer rally

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MT. VERNON, Ill. -- Dozens gathered on this 4th of July in hopes of putting aside politics and putting God first to unite the country. 

Mt. Vernon Baptist Temple and Waltonville Community Church held their third "Hope for America" Prayer Rally. The heat didn't stop more than 60 people from coming to the event, which was attended by young residents to seasoned veterans like Jerry Payne, who was in the military for 26 years.

"It's kind of nice to honor the nation and be thankful for the freedoms that we have in this country," Payne says. "And the men and the woman who have given their sacrifice for these freedoms." 

Tim Reynolds, Pastor for Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, has been putting on the event for three years. He was joined by four other pastors this year. He says this year's event was about uniting citizens together, "We really wanted to focus on asking God to heal our land. I see a lot of division in America. I don't think politics is the answer. I think God is the answer." 

Most in the crowd like Crystal Marlow have attended the event all three years. "Show support to the community, and that we have people we can lean on in times of need. Just gather together and love our families and worship God," Marlow says. 

Meanwhile, Pastor Reynolds wants the prayer rally to continue as an Independence Day tradition for years to come. "Hopefully people will make it part of their July 4th holiday. Coming here early in the day then they can go out to the airport afterward for fireworks," Reynolds says. 

Those who attended, prayed for the country's lawmakers from the federal government all the way down to the local, so they can be guided to make the right decisions. They also prayed over their families and neighbors.

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