The National Day of Prayer went as planned in Waldo County Thursday, May 1, with event-goers heading to Little River Baptist Church on Route 1 to get out of the rain.

This year represented the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer, an event that is held every first Thursday in May that is intended to unite people of all faiths together to pray for the nation and its people.

The non-denominational prayer event is typically held at Post Office Square in Belfast, but this year's gathering took place at the church due to the rainy weather that swept the region last week.

For nearly two hours, residents from a variety of local churches sang songs and prayed together, with Little River Baptist Church Pastor Scott Baker leading the activities. Pastors Norm Labonte with Safe Harbor Church in Stockton Springs and Helen Gall with Searsport Full Gospel Church provided the music for the day, with Labonte on guitar and Gall playing the keyboard.

In addition to Baker, Pastors Cliff Gall, Steve Daniels with Liberty Baptist Church and Jim Culbertson with Morrill Baptist Church were among several who led prayers for our nation, our military, our families and our needy, and addressed issues that impact the country each day.

Locals also gathered at Faith Temple Church of God on Lincolnville Avenue to observe the National Day of Prayer, with members of the Belfast Veterans of Foreign Wars post attending the event on behalf of area veterans.