Will this be the 59th observance of the National Day of Prayer?
By now you have heard that a federal judge ruled the annual event established by Congress 58 years ago is unconstitutional because it amounts to a call for religious action. Many are pleased to hear that President Obama, a couple dozen members of Congress and the Justice Department are appealing the ruling. The ruling does not ask us to stop praying but attempts to define the role of government in a religious act. Many leaders in government are religiously involved in communities of faith and will themselves be in prayer for our nation.
On Thursday, May 6, every county in Michigan and in every state in our nation will offer multiple places to pray for our nation. The strength of the nation is only as strong as its states and local communities. People of faith will be gathering in Lapeer County to pray in churches and many other public places.
The community is invited to one of these events in Imlay City at the city gazebo located near the community swimming pool behind the city offices. Area churches and their pastors will participate through music, scripture reading and prayers beginning at 6 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, relax and join in this common purpose with others from our community. In case of rain, the event will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church on Cedar St. (M-53).