Citizens are invited to attend the National Day of Prayer service taking place tonight at 6 p.m. on the Diamond in downtown St. Marys.
This yearâ€™s theme, â€śOne Nation Under Godâ€ť, is based on Psalm 33:12 which reminds us that â€śblessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.â€ť
The St. Marys Ministerial Association is sponsoring the event which will begin with music and an invocation followed by the presentation of the American flag by the St. Marys Servicemen's Burial Detail,the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem by Vivian Lutton.
Attendees will be asked to gather in groups of 10-12 to pray for various organizations and institutions.
Numerous local clergy from the Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopal and
Baptist churches will be on hand at the service, leading the crowd in prayers for various leadership groups including the government, military, media, business, education, church and family.
"We as clergy are united together by Christ with a common goal of sharing the Truth of God's Word and glorifying God in all we do. We believe that God is doing something great among His people and that He is sending revival to us here in St. Marys. We encourage the entire community to come and to pray to God," said Rev. Scott Wiest of Shiloh Presbyterian Church. "There are so many hurting people, so many families struggling, so many businesses failing. Teachers are expected to be miracle workers in the schools, government officials are expected to fix all of our problems, the media has become the spokespeople for the nation, and our military and their families are being torn in so many different directions. We cannot find
healing in ourselves, we need God. God can help us if we would just bow before Him in humility and confess our sin and seek His face and turn from evil and ask. Jesus said, ask and it will be given, seek and you will find, knock and the door shall be opened."