A national event aimed to bring communities across the country together will be celebrated locally this week.
The National Day of Prayer ceremony is scheduled to be held at noon Thursday at Heritage Park in Wapakoneta.
The Rev. Mark Bauer, pastor of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, said this event is important because it brings the communities together.
“This event brings people together to share in prayer,” Bauer said.
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, the Wapakoneta Fire Department, church and family.
Representatives from each of the organizations will be present for the service.
The service should take approximately 30 minutes, and participants may bring lawn chair and a lunch.
“I encourage anyone and everyone to come and share the day,” Bauer said.
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 the Wapakoneta Area Ministerial Society are the sponsors for this event.