The 62nd annual National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday in Massac County.
Individuals will gather from 12:20-12:40 p.m. on the courthouse lawn in Metropolis, at Brookport City Hall and at Joppa Village Hall.
Everyone is encouraged to attend an event, and those who are not able to attend are encouraged to spend time in private prayer for the nation, leaders and armed forces.
According to the National Day of Prayer website, this year’s theme is Prayer for America, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men.
This year’s scripture is from Matthew 12:21 — “In His name the nations will put their hope.”
A National Day of Prayer was established by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1952.
In 1988, President Ronald Reagan selected the first Thursday in May of each year as the official day for this observance.
The mission of the National Day of Prayer is to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, mobilizing the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: government, military, media, business, education, church and family.
For information about the Massac County services call 618-524-4229; or visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org.