Church will mark first Na­tional Day of Prayer ser­vice


— Haven Com­mu­nity Church of North East will hold a ser­vice at 6 p.m. next Thurs­day to ob­serve the Na­tional Day of Prayer.

For this non­de­nom­i­na­tional church, it will be their first ever ser­vice mark­ing the day.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the ser­vice at Haven will be speak­ers from all lev­els of govern­ment and sup­port­ing in­sti­tu­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions. They will present brief over­views of the is­sues, con­cerns and chal­lenges re­lat­ing to their par­tic­u­lar ar­eas, af­ter which var­i­ous other at­ten­dees will lead the con­gre­ga­tion in prayer for the re­spec­tive ar­eas. All peo­ple of faith are en­cour­aged to come.

The Na­tional Day of Prayer is an an­nual ob­ser­vance held on the first Thurs­day of May, dur­ing which peo­ple of all faiths are en­cour­aged to pray for


the na­tion.

This day was first es­tab­lished in 1952 by a joint res­o­lu­tion of the United Sates Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Tru­man.

In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Rea­gan, per­ma­nently des­ig­nat­ing the first Thurs­day of every May as the Na­tional Day of Prayer. Each year, the president signs a procla­ma­tion, en­cour­ag­ing all Amer­i­cans to pray on that day. Last year, all 50 state gov­er­nors plus the gov­er­nors of sev­eral U.S. ter­ri­to­ries signed sim­i­lar procla­ma­tions.

Haven Com­mu­nity Church is lo­cated at 48 Flint Drive in North East (next to Ce­cil Dan­cen­ter) on the north­west cor­ner of Route 40 and Me­chan­ics Val­ley Road.

Is your church or com­mu­nity host­ing a Na­tional Day of Prayer ser­vice? Email the de­tails to ac­cent@ce­cil­whig. com.

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