Churches prepare for National Day of Prayer
Evening services being held
— Cecil County churches are working together Thursday to participate in the 65th National Day of Prayer.
However, this year some have moved the ceremony to evening hours.
“Hopefully, we can draw more people,” said Eileen Viars, president of the Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association and organizer of the event to be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Pell Gardens in Chesapeake City.
For the past six years, CCEA hosted a noon ceremony featuring prayers for the community, leadership, officials, businesses, education and more. The lunchtime offering drew a small turnout.
This is the second year that Grace Bible Chapel, located at 1949 Biggs Highway near Rising Sun, has hosted a nighttime National Day of Prayer event. Becky Brewer said organizers want every-
one to attend that service, which will also begin at 6:30 p.m.
“We want it to be a community event,” she said Tuesday. “Our nation really needs prayer.”
“Wake Up America!” is this year’s theme, with the central scripture coming from the first line of Isaiah 58, “Shout it aloud, do not hold back.”
National Day of Prayer began as a movement in 1952, but became law in 1988 when President Ronald Reagan signed a bill designating the first Thursday in May as National Day of Prayer.
Chesapeake City United Methodist Charge, St. Joseph Parish, Bohemia Wesleyan, First Presbyterian, St. Basil Church, Augustine Parish, Bethel AME, Star of Bethlehem, Pecometh Ministries and Meeting Ground are participating in the Chesapeake City event.
In Rising Sun, First Baptist Church of Perryville, First Baptist Church of North East, Conowingo Baptist and Rising Sun Church of the Nazarene have joined with Grace Bible Chapel.
In North East, Haven Community Church of North East, located at 48 Flint Drive, will hold a service at 6 p.m. Thursday to observe the National Day of Prayer. For this nondenominational church, it will be their first ever service marking the day.
Viars expects this year’s National Day of Prayer to offer a powerful night of prayer.
“We’ll be praying for the things that are so needed in our area and throughout the world,” she said.
Pell Gardens is on the waterfront in Chesapeake City. However, if the weather does not cooperate, Viars said the service would be relocated Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 450 Third St. in Chesapeake City.
Services will include a time of music and worship. After a key prayer is offered from the pulpit, small groups gather for a few minutes to pray specifically for that issue.
“But basically it’s a time of prayer,” Brewer said.”We’re really excited to see what God does through this.”
After hearing the speaker’s prayer, small groups continue to pray during last year’s National Day of Prayer service at Grace Bible Chapel near Rising Sun.