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Churches plan to recognize 60th annual Day of Prayer
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Organizers are expecting more than 100 people to unite on Thursday, May 5 at the Farmers Market Pavilion located in downtown McMinnville on Market Street for National Day of Prayer ceremonies. The 35-minute celebration will begin at 12:05 p.m. The entire Warren County area is invited to unite together in prayer.
This year’s theme, “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” is based on the verse from Psalm 91:2 which states: “I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  
Says pastor DeWayne Howard, Warren County’s coordinator for National Day of Prayer, “Now more than ever before, I believe it is imperative that we as God’s people remain on our knees for our nation and fellow citizens. The critical challenges facing the United States and the culture at large call for faithful, persevering through prayer – not only on the National Day of Prayer, but throughout the year.”
Howard is one of several local preachers who has been a regular participant in National Day of Prayer activities. Preachers from all different denominations are invited give a brief prayer.
Joni Eareckson Tada, 2011 honorary chairman for the National Day of Prayer, said, “Americans have forgotten what made this country great over the last two centuries. But we can change that. Prayer not only changes things, prayer changes people. Envision the time when every American will respect our historic Christian traditions; look to the time when we will gladly acknowledge that God is our refuge and fortress; may every U.S. citizen and alien within our borders place their trust in God.”
Recognizing that prayer has been and continues to be an integral part of our nation’s history, Congress established the National Day of Prayer in 1952. This observance is currently held on the first Thursday each May, when all Americans are encouraged to exercise their religious freedom by gathering publicly to worship and pray for our land. Visit nationaldayofprayer.org to learn more.