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Crook County community leaders, citizens, and pastors will unite in prayer Thursday, May 5

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Photo by Ron DiCianni, created for promotion of the National Day of PrayerOn Thursday, May 5, the community of Crook County will gather in unity to pray together for the local community, state and country.

The event, which is in recognition of the National Day of Prayer, will take place on the Crook County Courthouse lawn, and there will be chairs set up for participants. Those who wish to gather together and pray will meet at 9-10 a.m.

One of the coordinators for the event, Paula Burns, stressed that she would like to see the people of the community coming together in unity to make this event happen to change the nation.

"A lot of these people have prayed for years for something like this to happen," Burns emphasized.

The seven major concerns that are being prayed for include family, church, business, education, arts and entertainment, government and military. Burns indicated that there are pastors and groups in the community who will be covering these seven areas of concern on May 5. The majority of the local churches will be participating in the event, with some praying at the event on behalf of the seven areas of concern. The time of prayer will take place from 9-10 a.m.

"What we are trying to do is get all the pastors and lay people and prayer warriors together in unity to pray so that we can see some changes," said Burns. "I think that is where it all stems from, is we have to come together in unity and set aside our own churches and just come together."

Crook County Judge Seth Crawford will be conducting the proclamation at the beginning of the event, highlighting the National Day of Prayer that was initiated in 1952 and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to designate the first Thursday in May as the annual observance for the National Day of Prayer.

"Right now, with all the contentiousness in government, with people not trusting government, it is just such an important time to pray and find ways to have people come together and come up with solutions and try and find ways to improve our community for the citizens of Crook County," said Crawford of the importance of the event.

The theme of the National Prayer Day, 2022 is, "Exalt the Lord, Who has established us," based on Colossians 2:6-7.

The history of this day began in 1952, on April 17, when a bill initiated by Conrad Hilton of Hilton Hotels and Sen. Frank Carlson of Kansas was passed (Public Law 82-324) that the President of the United States was to set aside an appropriate day each year, other than Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer.

In 1979, The National Prayer Committee was officially formed. Today, there are 18 members on the NPC Executive Board. In 1983, The first National Day of Prayer observance, organized by the NPC, took place at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., with featured speakers Vice President George Bush and Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie.

In 1987, Sen. Thurmond wrote the bill then introduced it to the Senate Judicial Committee. It became bill S.1378, which would amend public law 82-324. In total, 13 senators and 90 congressmen signed, giving their endorsements. The following individuals sponsored the bill: Rep. Tony Hall (D-Ohio); Rep. Carlos Moorhead (R-California); Sen. Howard Heflin (D-Alabama); Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-South Carolina); Sen. Bill Armstrong (R-Colorado); Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Virginia); and Rep. Bob Garcia (D-New York).

1988 Thursday, May 8, Ronald Reagan signed into law Public Law 100-307 the designation of the first Thursday in May as the annual observance for the National Day of Prayer.


Schedule for May 5

Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance, introduce Judge Seth Crawford: Julianna Krebs (Eastside Church)

Proclamation and Government: Judge Seth Crawford

Worship: Becky Wynia (River of Life Church)

Opening Prayer: Pastor Terry Goodwin (River of Life Church)

Youth and Education: Associate Pastor Keith Belz (Calvary Baptist Church)

Pastors: Pastor Jim Mitchell (Awakened Church)

Arts, Entertainment and Media: Kristi Persson

Families: Laura Jensen (Missionary, Europe/US)

Military: Pastor Christopher Cookston, Prineville Community Church

Closing Prayer: Pastor Patsy Owens (River of Life Church)

Postlude Song: Mary Pack Chapman (Prineville Praise and Worship Center)

A prayer team will be available to pray with those who have special needs or salvation

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