Day of Prayer goal to gather locals

The community will be gathering together this week to celebrate a national event locally.

The National Day of Prayer is set to start at noon Thursday at Heritage Park in Wapakoneta.

The Rev. Mark Bauer, of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, said the national event is celebrated annual in Wapakoneta and the goal is to bring the community together in prayer.

“The National Day of Prayer is an opportunity for people in the community to gather and pray for the leadership in all the aspects of community life — government, military, media, business, education, police, fire, church, and family,” Bauer said. “Join us as we give thanks to God for the freedom we enjoy in being able to gather freely to pray for our national and local leaders.”

This event is sponsored by the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) and Mercy Unlimited. Local pastors from area churches will be hosting this special prayer service, and will include asking for God’s guidance and blessing for each prayer group.

Prayer groups include government, military, media, business, education, Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office, Wapakoneta Police Department, churches and family. Representatives from each group are scheduled to be in attendance at the prayer service.

In addition, two guitarists have been tabbed to lead the music and two tents are to be set up.

The service will take approximately 30 minutes, and participants are invited to bring their lunch and their own lawn chairs.

Approximately 100 people were in attendance last year.

This event is always held on the first Thursday of May, and invites all people of all faiths to pray for the nation.

“America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” will be sung during the service.

In 1952, Congress established National Day of Prayer as an annual event by a joint resolution and signed into law by President Harry S Truman, and in 1988, National Day of Prayer became designated as the first Thursday in May, according to the National Day of Prayer website.

The mission of the day is to mobilize prayer in America, along with encouraging personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.

The public is invited to attend this event, and it will be held, rain or shine.

“The event has become a tradition for Wapakoneta,” Bauer said.