Community and officials gather for National Day of Prayer

By | May 7, 2018 6:50 am

White County government officials, residents, and church leaders gather on a sunny day to keep not only the local community in prayer but also the nation. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

The 67th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer was held across the United States, on May 3, 2018.

In White County, the Day of Prayer service was held outside the White County Courthouse, under the gazebo on Liberty Square. Government officials, residents, church leaders, and numerous others gathered on a sunny day to keep not only the community in prayer but also the nation.

The theme of the National Day of Prayer this year was, “Unity – ‘Making every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.’ – Ephesians 4:3.”

The National Day of Prayer was created, in 1952, by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, on May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer.

Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

The hope this year from White County event organizers was that individuals, churches, and spiritual leaders would come together and unify in prevailing prayer.

For more information about the National Day of Prayer, visit the organization’s website at www.nationaldayofprayer.org

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