National Day of Prayer - Tarrant County
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. People from across Tarrant County will gather at Burnett Park on Thursday May 1, 2014 beginning at 11:30 a.m. to pray for our nation, our governments, churches, military, family, education, media and business and for the people of our community. This year's event will be led by Terry MacAlmon, an internationally know worship leader.
National Day of Prayer is a Non-Profit Organization. To learn more about the event, visit http://nationaldayofprayer.org/about/.
For more information, contact:
Vicki Phillips, Tarrant County Coordinator
Phone: 817-656-9906 or 817-999-8764 (cell)
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Tarrant County – The Tarrant County local National Day of Prayer Taskforce Team will be hosting an event for the 63rd Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer on the First Thursday in May. The theme this year is, "ONE VOICE UNITED IN PRAYER" taken from the scripture in Romans 15:6 “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The first Thursday in May is a significant day when Americans across the nation lay aside differences and join hearts in acknowledging a need for God and prayer. As instructed in 2 Corinthians 7:14, As a nation, we come together to humble ourselves and turn to God on behalf of our community, state, country our people and collectively turn our hearts and prayers to God, ask for God’s mercy and forgiveness where we have fallen short, and ask God to hear our prayers and heal our land.
Due to the strong faith of our founding fathers’, faith, civic prayers and national prayer have a long history in our constitutional republic, dating back to the First Continental Congress. On July 12, 1775, president John Hancock signed the Congressional order establishing the first day of prayer “throughout the continent.” This event symbolized the unity by which the then fledgling nation could come together before God for guidance and wisdom. The Supreme Court has affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer, as set forth in Marsh v. Chambers in 1983. The Supreme Court and the U. S. Congress both begin each day with prayer. And in 1952 Congress unanimously passed a joint resolution signed by Harry Truman establishing the annual National Day of Prayer. This law was amended in 1988 and signed by President Ronald Regan, permanently designating the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer.
This year the National Day of Prayer Task Force is again expecting 42,000 prayer events to be held across this land. National Days of Prayer have now been set aside on the first Thursday in May by 10 Countries, including Australia and England. In Tarrant County, we will have a large countywide gathering in Burnett Park, for this community to join others across the land with One Voice United in Prayer. The event will host Terry MacAlmon, internationally known worship leader, Tim Barton from Wall Builders, Senator Kelly Hancock, leaders from the City of Fort Worth including Chief of Staff and Council member, Jungus Jordan from District 6, and Tom Higgins, Fort Worth City Manager. The event will begin with the blowing of the shofar. The colors will be presented and posted by the Fort Worth Police Color Guard and Bag Pipes by Fort Worth Fire Department with prayers by local church leaders, ministry leaders and citizens. There will be a Balloon Launch of Prayers for the Children.
In addition to the countywide celebration, people across the community will celebrate the National Day of Prayer in churches, congregations, homes, businesses, schools, and private times of prayer. Local events can be found by going to the NDP website: www.NationalDayofPrayer.org.
According to Vicki Phillips, Tarrant County Coordinator “There is never a time that you are without a prayer. There is much happening across this nation to bring our nation together around the simple but powerful and profound gift of the prayers of our people. To come together as a community and pray was vital to forming of our nation and is vital to the future of our nation. There has been much effort put forth to make a place for the community to come together and pray and each add our prayers, and expect a brighter future, because we all took the time to pray. We hope to see the people of Tarrant County participate in some way.”
About the National Day of Prayer National Event
The Event in our Nation’s Capital will be held in Washington, D.C. from 9:00 A.M. to NOON (EST), and will be broadcast via the website at www.NationalDayofPrayer.org and rebroadcast throughout the day as specified on the site. It will also be broadcast LIVE on GodTV. Anne Graham Lotz, called the best preacher in the family by her father, Billy Graham, is this year’s Honorary Chairman. She will join Dr. James Dobson, Mrs. Shirley Dobson, who heads the Task Force, Congressman, Robert Alderholt, Mrs. Vonette Bright, The Honorable Bob McEwen, Congressman Mike McIntyre, Don Moen, Chaplain Father Patrick Conroy, Dr. Dick Eastman, David Butts, John Bornschein , will be some of the distinguished guests on that day. To learn more about the National Day of Prayer, please visit their website: www.nationaldayofprayer.org.