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National Day of Prayer May 7

Yosemite Lakes Community Church is inviting the community to participate in National Day of Prayer, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, May 7, with different prayer themes every hour. The church is located at 43840 Patrick Ave, Coarsegold.

The mission of the National Day of Prayer is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture. It’s 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.

Mammen, an author, apologist, international speaker, physicist, and engineer, who was born in Ghana, will be the special speaker this year at 9 a.m. He has been featured on National Public Radio, and on more than 40 radios shows. He is the acting president of the Values Advocacy Council, and has spoken for the Family Research Council. His daily “One Minute Broadcast” can be heard on 160 stations around the U.S. on American Family Radio.

Mammen is the author of “40 Days Towards a More Godly Nation.” His book will be available for purchase and will be given free to any pastor who attends.

National Day of Prayer has been observed at Yosemite Lakes Community Church for more than 20 years and for 16 years, with a breakfast and speakers and pastors from the community. This year John Lorenzano, youth pastor, is heading up the prayer committee and recommending a day of fasting to replace breakfast.

History

Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition. The Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in Marsh vs. Chambers (1983).

Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual national day of prayer.

In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.

Dr. Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in North Texas, will lead the country in prayer as honorary chairman for the 2015 National Day of Prayer. A prayer written by Graham will be read simultaneously throughout the country on May 7 at noon (EDT) where prayer observances are held.

Details: (559) 542-6114.

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