Your presence being requested at May 3 prayer services

Dear Fellow Citizens of Elk River,

We invite our fellow citizens of the greater Elk River community to observe the National Day of Prayer on May 3, 2012. There are three opportunities planned for our community.

A Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7 a.m. at Central Lutheran Church, 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.

Then at 7 p.m., a Prayer Gathering will take place at Zabee Theater at Elk River High School. Prayers will be offered for government, church, military, family, education, media and business.

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 of a day of “humiliation, fasting and prayer” in 1863.

In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, 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 honor of your presence is requested as we gather with our fellow citizens and pray.— Pastor JoAnne Amaral, Elk River United Methodist; Pastor Rob Cavanna, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church; Pastor Sonja Dixon, Central Lutheran Church; Pastor Eric Dykstra, The Crossing Church; Pastor Greg Gangwish, River of Life Church; Pastor Lauren Germann, St. Andrew Church;  Pastor Terry Grzybowski, Emmanuel Lutheran Church; Pastor Charles Handren, Glory of Christ Fellowship; Curt Hinkle, Young Life Director – Elk River; Pastor Paul Johansson, Central Lutheran Church; Pastor Dave Johnson, River of Life Church;  Pastor Jeff Krogstad, Central Lutheran Church; Pastor Greg Pagh, Christ Church; Pastor Bob Pullar, Living Waters Church; Pastor Paul Salfrank, Gateway Church; and Pastor David Weigel, Living Waters Church