Lake Oswegans come together in a Day of Prayer and an appeal for national unity

Dozens of people gathered downtown May 3 for Lake Oswego's 17th-annual celebration of the National Day of Prayer, sharing a message of healing and a hope for peace.

The gathering, which was held near the flag pole at City Hall, was one of the more than 35,000 prayer gatherings conducted by about 40,000 volunteers across the United States. Several million people were expected to participate.

President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law on April 17, 1952, and every president since Truman has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation. President Ronald Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer.

The theme for 2018 was "Pray for America — Unity," a message that organizers said was aimed at healing the "political division and polarization that ... has divided this nation beyond anything that any of us have ever seen in our generation." The theme was based on Ephesians 4:3, which challenges the faithful to make "every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."

The Lake Oswego event included music by children from Our Lady of the Lake School and an opening prayer by Pastor Tyler Eaton of Rolling Hills Community Church. Organizers included representatives from Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, Meadow Springs Community Church, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Parish and River West Church.

— The Review

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