by Bob Grawey
The 60th National Day of Prayer was observed in Elk River Thursday, May 5 with prayers given for the community and for leaders of the community.
Central Lutheran Church Pastor Paul Johansson hosted a prayer breakfast at his church, where three dozen people gathered to give prayer support to law enforcement, fire officials and for the school district.
Johansson opened the prayer breakfast with comments about the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the effects it had and still has on the nation.
He also spoke about who or what this nation puts its trust in.
Pastors from Elk River and Zimmerman took turns praying for Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott and his deputies, and Elk River Police Chief Brad Rolfe and his officers.
Prayers were also made for Elk River Mayor John Dietz and Elk River Fire Chief John Cunningham and his firefighters.
Elk River School District Superintendent Mark Bezek, district staff, teachers and students were supported in prayer as well.
At the Sherburne County Government Center in Elk River, pastors and citizens met to pray for county government in a ceremony held at noon by the flagpole.
About the National Day of Prayer
•The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May.
•On April 17, 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed a bill proclaiming a National Day of Prayer. However, it has historical origins to a mandate by George Washington, the first president of the United States.