Come to National Day of Prayer service in plaza
Editor, the Advocate:
Victoria will observe its 19th National Day of Prayer at noon on DeLeon Plaza in Victoria on Thursday. Such observances have been held nationally since 1952, when President Harry Truman signed into law a joint resolution of Congress designating a National Day of Prayer. This year's theme will be "Pray for America," which refers to Matthew 12:21: "In His name the nations will put their hope."
Our meeting will consist of music, a keynote address and six prayers covering issues of concern today. Pastor Nick Stewart of Lighthouse Free Will Baptist Church will emcee the program.
The times today are perilous. In America and in nations abroad, financial, moral and spiritual disintegration threaten most every country's existence. The NDOP issues a call for people everywhere to come back to their spiritual roots and live disciplined lives in dependence upon their Creator. 2 Chronicles 7:14 reads, "If my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
The Day of Prayer is nonsectarian. We call upon people of faith everywhere to take part in this observance. It may be at a prayer breakfast, in a church, at work or at a public place where people gather. Those who are unable to attend an event can still pray at home.
The public is invited. Though some chairs will be provided, it would be good for attendees to bring folding chairs.
Raymond F. Smith, Victoria