May 1, 2008
National Day of Prayer Service Set For May 1st
Though there were national days of prayer called throughout the history of the United States, no law proclaimed a National Day of Prayer until a bill was signed on April 17th, 1952, by President Harry S. Truman. It was in 1988 that President Ronald Reagan signed a bill into law that established that a National Day of Prayer be observed on the first Thursday of May annually.
The participating churches of the Scotland County Ministerial Alliance announce that a National Day of Prayer Service has been planned for the Memphis community. On Thursday, May 1st, a brief time of prayer will be observed at the Scotland County Courthouse. The service will be held at noon on the west side of the courthouse.
“The prayer service will consist of prayers offered on behalf of our nation, our community, our churches and our families,” said First Christian Church Pastor Jack Sumption.
Prayers will be led by local pastors and members of Scotland County congregations.
In his 2008 National Day of Prayer proclomation, President George W. Bush said, “America trusts in the abiding power of prayer and asks for the wisdom to discern God’s will in times of joy and of trial. As we observe this National Day of Prayer, we recognize our dependence on the Almighty, we thank Him for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us, and we put our country’s future in His hands.”