National Day Of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer will be observed on Thursday, May 5. We will gather our community in front of the courthouse at 6:00 PM. Please note the change from noon as in the past to 6 p.m. It is hoped that this will enable more people to attend than can leave work at noon.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held each year on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation.
The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.
Our theme for 2016 is “Wake Up America,” emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name. To further highlight our theme, we’ve chosen Isaiah 58:1a as our Scripture for this year: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”
All are invited and urged to participate.
About The National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
“Fasting and prayer are religious exercises; the enjoining them an act of discipline. Every religious society has a right to determine for itself the time for these exercises, and the objects proper for them, according to their own particular tenets; and right can never be safer than in their hands, where the Constitution has deposited it.”
—Thomas Jefferson, 1808
The call to prayer has a long history in the United States dating back to 1775 when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation for a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer.” in 1863. In 1988, the 1952 law proclaiming a national day of prayer was amennded and signed by President Ronald Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May.
Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.
According to the National Day of Prayer Taskforce “the National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning.”
The taskforce further states that ‘like Thanksgiving or Christmas, this day has become a national observance placed on all Hallmark calendars and observed annually across the nation and in Washington, D.C. Every year, local, state, and federal observances were held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation. It is estimated that over two million people attended more than 30,000 observances — organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers. At state capitols, county court houses, on the steps of city halls, and in schools, businesses, churches and homes, people stopped their activities and gathered for prayer.”
It further states that “the National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds. Mrs. Shirley Dobson, NDP chairman, reminds us: ‘We have lost many of our freedoms in America because we have been asleep. I feel if we do not become involved and support the annual National Day of Prayer, we could end up forfeiting this freedom, too.’”
Saturday, April 30
7 a.m.-1 p.m.: Sardis Methodist Church , Sardis Road, holds a yard sale behind the church building. Frozen chicken stew will also be for sale at $6 per quart. Proceeds go for missions.
3 p.m.: Bethany Baptist Church of Jonesville will celebrate its 144th Anniversary. Rev. Anthony R. Wilburn, Pastor.
Sunday, May 15
11 a.m.: Beatty’s Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church Women’s Missionary will celebrate “Hats On For Christ” during the morning worship service. Rev. Juanita Giles of Union will bring the morning message. Rev. James E. Curenton Jr., Pastor.
2:30 a.m.: Mitchell Chapel Christian Church will hold its “One Day Revival.” The speaker will be Pastor Stringfellow of the Emanuel Chapel Baptist Church in Chester. Rev. Tony and LaQuita Griffin, Pastors.