National Day of Prayer: How is it Recognized here?

Today is National Day of Prayer. If at all, how is it recognized in Wheaton?

Today is the National Day of Prayer, a day determined by U.S. presidents, including Ronald Reagan who designated National Prayer Day as the first Thursday in May in 1988, according to the National Day of Prayer website.

President Barack Obama declared Thursday, May 5 as the National Day of Prayer last week.

He wrote, "Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those who have been affected by natural disasters at home and abroad in recent months, as well as those working tirelessly to render assistance. And, at a time when many around the world face uncertainty and unrest, but also hold resurgent hope for freedom and justice, let our prayers be with men and women everywhere who seek peace, human dignity, and the same rights we treasure here in America."

While a web search didn't yield specific events recognizing National Day of Prayer, a few Wheaton churches including Hope Presbyterian, Evangel Baptist and Wheaton Evangelical Free churches had the day marked on their calendars.

Vickie Austin May 06, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Every Wednesday night at Gary United Methodist Church we host a contemporary worship service called "Shine!" This past Wednesday, we wrote our prayers on Post-It notes and distributed them on posters marked "People," "Places" and "Powers." The prayers were then transcribed and distributed via our e-blast system to our church community in honor of the National Day of Prayer. The various messages were deeply moving with prayers that were personal, praying for the health and well-being of a loved one or asking for help getting a job, to praying for those suffering from natural disasters in Japan and the southern U.S. We prayed for our national leaders, for peace, and one brave soul even left a prayer for the family of the recently slain Osama Bin Laden (not a very popular view but a decidedly Christian one). If you'd like a copy of the list, please email me at vaustin@choicesworldwide.com and I'll forward it to you.


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