Community members invited to pray in Central Park
In 1952, President Harry Truman signed into law a joint resolution of Congress to set aside an annual National Day of Prayer. Congress amended the law in 1988, which was signed by President Ronald Reagan, for the purpose of establishing a more particular date. The law currently reads, “The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.”
The tradition of designating an official day of prayer actually began with the Continental Congress in 1775, when President George Washington issued a National Day of Thanksgiving Proclamation. Thus, the National Day of Prayer actually predates the founding of the United States of America! Ever since, American presidents have made similar proclamations and “appeals to the Almighty.” Historically, all 50 governors, along with U.S. presidents, have issued proclamations in honor of the National Day of Prayer.
On Thursday May 6, members of this community are invited to the Central Park Pavilion in Aledo at noon to pray. May 6 is the National Day of Prayer.
Pastors Darin Dietmeier (Trinity Presbyterian Church), Harry Losey (Hamlet-Perryton Presbyterian), Lucas Dunn (First Baptist Church of Aledo) and Kevin Pauley (Community Bible Fellowship) will take part in the services.
Pastor Kevin Pauley, an organizer of the event, said, “Consider giving fifteen to twenty minutes of your time to support a 235-year-old tradition that does not designate any given particular religion and does not force non-believers to observe.
Pastor Kevin Pauley added, “As inoffensive as this tradition is, it was recently declared unconstitutional by federal judge Barbara Crabb in Wisconsin. Let me ask you, what will you do? Shake your head in dismay and consternation or exercise your right to pray publicly for your nation and your community?”