Wapakoneta Fire and EMS members bow their heads as Rev. Adrian Sunday of Buckland United Church of Christ prays for them during the National Day of Prayer celebration held at Heritage Park on Thursday. (Staff photo/John Bush)
Representing a multitude of religious denominations, local community members gathered at Heritage Park Thursday afternoon to pray for community leaders and the nation as a whole.
The event was part of the National Day of Prayer, an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May that invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation.
“It’s an opportunity for people of a variety of faith backgrounds to gather together to say that it’s important that we pray for our community and for the many organizations that provide help,” St. Mark’s Lutheran Church pastor the Rev. Mark Bauer said.
The National Day of Prayer was established in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and was signed into law by former President Harry S. Truman. It is founded on the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion and can be celebrated by all Americans, according to the National Day of Prayer website.
“I think events like this are a wonderful chance for the community to see how our churches can cooperate with each other,” Rev. Becky Sunday of St. Paul United Church of Christ said. “I also think that by gathering together to pray for our local community and nation, we as a faith community are asking God to participate in the life of our town and our nation.”
For the full story, see the Friday, May 2 edition of the Wapakoneta Daily News.