LAURINBURG — Representatives of multiple local congregations will come together for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday.
The cross-denominational event’s theme is “For your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us…Forgive Us… Heal Us!” Prayer will take place Thursday at noon around the flagpole in front of the Scotland County Courthouse at 212 Biggs St.. The public is encouraged to attend, organizers said.
A breakfast will also take place for National Day of Prayer on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Cross Pointe Church, 200 South Wilkerson Drive, Laurinburg.
“The National Day of Prayer is an opportunity for Americans of all faiths to join in united prayer to acknowledge our dependence on God, to give thanks for blessings received, to request healing for wounds endured, and to ask God to guide our leader and bring wholeness to the United States and her citizens,” Laurinburg Mayor Matthew Block said in the city’s proclamation on the observance.
The mayor urged “citizens to observe the day in ways appropriate to its importance and significance.”
Thursday’s guest speaker will be Pastor Fallon Procter, the National Day of Prayer North Carolina coordinator for Fayetteville.
Laurinburg’s National Day of Prayer committee members consists of Essie Davis, Mary Evans, Pastor Micheal Edds, and Judy Curtis.
“Seeing all the different congregations come together inspires me every year,” Davis said. “We are all praying to the same God.”
The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event in 1952. The law was later amended in 1988 designating the first Thursday in May.
Historically, days of prayer have been called for since 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming the nation.
The day of prayer is meant for Americans to pray for the government — both local, state, and federal, as well as prayer for the military, media, business, education, church, and family, according to Kenya Procter, a North Carolina state coordinator with the National Day of Prayer task force.
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