National day of prayer events planned Thursday

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FARMINGTON — A National Day of Prayer event will take place in Farmington and Wilton at noon Thursday, May 5.

Everyone is invited to come and pray at either Bass Park in Wilton or at Meetinghouse Park on Main Street in Farmington. The events will take place rain or shine and will last for about an hour.

Joni Eareckson Tada is this year’s honorary chairwoman for the National Day of Prayer. Tada, who has needed to use a wheelchair since her teen years, wrote a prayer for the day and it will be read that day.

Last year, the Farmington event changed the format to encourage more participation by attendants. It was such a success that the format will be used again this year in Farmington and Wilton. There will be an opportunity for anyone to pray at eight different stations following a brief opening.

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The theme for this year is A Mighty Fortress Is Our God. There will be eight stations that each focus on a different aspect of society and include: Government, church, military, family, education, media, business and families affected by disability. The last category has been added in honor of  Eareckson Tada and her work.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual event established by an act of Congress. It encourages Americans to pray for the nation, its people and its leaders. Days of Prayer have been called for since 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln called for such a day.

Officially, the National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952 and was signed into law by President Truman.

The law was amended in 1988 and signed by President Ronald Reagan, establishing the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday of May each year. Many communities across the state and country will join in observance of this day through a variety of events.

For information about the National Day of Prayer Task Force, visit http://www.ndptf.org/. For information about the local events you may contact Bernadette Harvell at 778-2981.

For more information about Joni and her organization, Joni and Friends, go to www.joniandfriends.org.

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