A little history on National Day of Prayer, slated for May 2 this year:
Held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. Each year since its inception, the president has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.
On the National Day of Prayer, Americans from many religious backgrounds turn to God in prayer for the United States. Its constitutionality was unsuccessfully challenged in court by the Freedom From Religion Foundation after their first attempt was unanimously dismissed by a federal appellate court in April 2011.
“Pray For America” is the theme for this year’s prayer event, and eight different events are planned in York County.
“Now, more than ever before in our history, America needs prayer to be restored as the ‘shining city on the hill,’” said the Rev. Ken Gibson of Pleasant View Brethren in Christ in Red Lion.
The York Rescue Mission will host the kickoff event at 8 a.m. Other daytime sites include: 11 a.m. at the Human Life Services facility, 742 S. George. St., York; and noon at The Salvation Army, 124 S. Duke S., York; noon at Brown’s Orchard & Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Springfield Township; and noon at the Shrewsbury YMCA, 100 Constitution Ave.
Several evening events are scheduled: 6:30 p.m. at the Mount Wolf Park, corner of Fourth and Maple streets, Mount Wolf; 7 p.m. at Dallastown Square in Dallastown; and 7 p.m. at Logos Academy, 250 W. King St. in York.
Prayers will be offered with various officials expected to attend. York Mayor Kim Bracey will welcome the gathering at Logos Academy, which will include music from the Logos Academy Choir.
Is National Day of Prayer appropriate for a country that values separation of church and state? Are you planning to attend any local events?