POMEROY — National Day of Prayer 2016 is May 5, but organizers of Meigs County’s observances will begin their ceremonies a little bit earlier.
According to Meigs NDP organizers, those wishing to pray for employees and officials of Meigs County will meet at the courthouse in Pomeroy and “Circle the Courthouse” at 3 p.m. May 1
The national observance began in 1952 with the passage of a bill initiated by Conrad Hilton, of Hilton Hotels, and Sen. Frank Carlson, of Kansas. The measure stated that the President of the United States was to set aside an appropriate day each year, other than Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer.
In 1988, the first Thursday in May was designated as the annual observance for the National Day of Prayer and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan.
The theme for the 65th annual NDP is “Wake Up America” and emphasizes “the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to return to the God of our Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name.”
Isaiah 58:1 was chosen as the Scripture for this year: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”
Activities continue throughout the week, both nationally and locally. On May 2 through May 4, Bible reading will take place in the parking lot in Pomeroy each day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
A ceremony commemorating National Day of Prayer will be 11:30 a.m. May 5 on the steps of the Meigs County Courthouse.
“Come join Meigs County residents as they pray for our government, state and local officials, and needs in our country,” said Brenda Barnhart, local organizer of NDP.
Signs will also be posted on the walking path in Pomeroy, asking residents to walk and pray throughout the week.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551