The 63rd annual National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday, May 1 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. Those who are not able to attend are encouraged to spend time in private prayer for the nation, leaders and armed forces.
This year’s theme is One Voice, United In Prayer, inspired from Romans 15:6 —“So that with one mind and one voice, you many glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
“At this crucial time for our nation, we can do nothing more important than pray,” explained Sandy Johnson, spokesperson for the local prayer event. “It is our goal that you, your family and friends would participate in the National Day of Prayer. We pray that praying for our nation moves from a one-day event to a lifetime endeavor.”
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 day’s mission 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, contact Johnson at 524-4229; or visit www.nationaldayofprayer.org