Americans across the country, and here in eastern Carolina, observed the National Day of Prayer Thursday.
One of the locations area residents gathered was the Pitt County Courthouse.
This year's theme was "Prayer: For such a time as this".
Sarah Rogerson was a participant and told us why she turned out to pray. "I believe our nation is in dire trouble, and I think that as Christian people, if we band together and unite, we can turn this nation around."
The day is observed annually on the first Thursday in May, as people come together to pray, meditate and heal.