From: Sharon Auldrich
Submitted by: Holly Muller
This May 2, 2013, marks the 62nd National Annual Day of Prayer. This is a special day set aside by the United States Congress by a joint resolution in which people may recognize the importance of praying for our nation. This is a privilege open to anyone to pray in any way their own tradition style directs them.
I am proud and grateful for this nation, which through the First Amendment added in 1791 says:
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
No other country allows people of other faiths to have such “asylum, prosperity and freedom of worship” …(Patrick Henry, Governor of Virginia and Legislator, 1790).
Volunteer coordinator networks organize local, state and federal observances across the nation. Observances begin at sunrise in Maine and continue through the day until sunset in Hawaii. There is unity through a theme, scripture and art work, which is developed by the NDP Task Force, but individuals are free to observe the day in their own prayer style.
Local observances are planned and announced through different media. You may check the national website to see if there is an observance in your area; www.nationaldayofprayer.org.
The Minnesota State Capitol program begins at 11:30 a.m., with worship and praise lead by “Heart of the City” worship band. Come join government and local leaders in praying for our nation on May 2.