At noon, Thursday on the South Side of the Jasper County Courthouse, the Ministerial Alliance and anyone else who wishes to attend, will celebrate the National Day of Prayer.
This is an annual nation-wide event in America.
National days of prayer have been a part of America even during its Colonial days and since it became the United States. Benjamin Franklin said at the Constitutional Convention, “We have been assured, Sir, in the Sacred Writings that except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it. I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid, we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel."
From George Washington to the present, national days of prayer have been declared by American Presidents. George Washington said in his farewell speech at the end of his presidency, “Of all the habits and dispositions which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars."
The National Day of Prayer was enacted in 1952. It was re-energized in the 1990’s by Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family’s founder James Dobson.
Millions of Americans will meet at their county courthouse or other places on the first Thursday in May to pray for their nation, our officials, their fellow Americans and celebrate our religious freedom and Christian principled roots from the Pilgrims to today.
At noon on Thursday at the Jasper County Courthouse south lawn(or inside if the weather is inclement.
The order of service for the event is listed below:
Opening Prayer…..Regina Shank
Welcome—Matthew Roberts, Ministerial Alliance President
Introduction of Special Guests—M. Roberts
Mayor’s Proclamation—Mayor Mike Harris
Worship Song—“How Great is Our God” Mark Parra, Associate Pastor, Grace Pointe
Song—“God Bless America”, St. Ann’s Youth Choir
Prayer for Carthage
God’s Presence will be with us. Exodus 33:14-16, Galen Snodgrass, Chaplain, Mercy Hospital
Jesus will be Lifted up. John 12:32, Pastor Jason Newman, First Nazarene
Restoration of Families & Marriages, Isaiah 58:8, Pastor Dustin Ledford, First Nazarene
Churches & Ministries empowered by the Lord, I Corinthians 2:4-5 Pastor Jerry Davis, Faith Life Church
Schools will be safe; students will be educated in a wholesome environment, Isaiah 32:18,
Dr. Mark Baker, Superintendent of Schools & Mike Godfrey, FCA Advisor
Local Government will have Godly leaders, Proverbs 29:2, Richard Webster, Jr., Jasper County Auditor
Page 2 of 2 - Effective Law Enforcement & prevailing justice Psalms 94:15, Sheriff Randee Kaiser
Prayer for our Nation
Repentance II Chronicles 7:14 Pastor John Davidson, First Baptist Church
Awakening Ephesians 5:14 Pastor Larry Graham, Grace Pointe Assembly
Revival Hosea 6:1-3 Pastor Chuck Davis, Grand Avenue Church of God
Restoration Psalms 80, 3, 7, 19 Regina Shank, Senior Pastor, River Street Gathering
Prayer in Groups