Opinion: Presence of community requested on National Day of Prayer

On behalf of my colleagues in the Elk River Ministerial Association, I invite the citizens of Elk River to observe the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 5. There are three opportunities planned for the community. At 7 a.m. a prayer breakfast will be held at Central Lutheran Church at 1103 School St. Prayers will be offered for our mayor, chief of police, fire chief, sheriff and superintendent of schools. The public is invited and a free-will donation will cover the cost of the breakfast.

At noon we will meet around the flag pole at the Sherburne County courthouse. A brief time of remembrance will be observed for those who have gone before us and prayers will be offered for our nation and its leadership. An evening prayer service will take place at River of Life Church at 21695 Elk Lake Road from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The public is invited to all three events.

Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863 of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer.” In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress and signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation. Last year, all 50 state governors signed similar proclamations.

The theme for the 60th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer is “A Mighty Fortress is Our God” from Psalm 91:2. The honor of your presence is requested as we gather with our fellow citizens and pray. — Paul Johansson, Elk River

(Editor’s note: Johansson is a member of the Elk River Ministerial Association.)


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