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Annual National Day of Prayer observances to be held

POMEROY, Ohio – Meigs County will once again be observing the National Day of Prayer.

On Sunday April 30, 2017 will be the Circle the Courthouse Event. Those choosing to participate in the event will be circling the Meigs County Courthouse and praying. It begins at 3 p.m.

On Thursday, May 4, the National Day of Prayer observance will begin at 11:30 a.m. Prayer will be led from the steps of the Meigs County Courthouse. Prayers will be focused on government, state and local officials as well as other needs in the country.

Once again there will be Bible reading on the parking lot in Pomeroy on May 1-3. The readings will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those interested in participating in reading passages of scripture should call 740-508-1327.

In addition to the readings and prayer observances, signs will be along the walking path in Pomeroy. Each sign will have a topic to pray about from national needs to local government and needs from April 30 through May 4. There will also be signs along the walking paths in Middleport and Racine.

“It is not only an uplifting experience seeing folks form different faith backgrounds coming together with the common goal of praying for our nation, it is so humbling to know that folks in our community are praying for our local governments as well. God hears those prayers and the proof of His blessings in Meigs County are very real,” said Meigs County Commissioner Randy Smith when asked about the annual observance. Smith also is the pastor of Trinity Congregational Church in Pomeroy, Ohio.

According to the National Day of Prayer Task Force, “The National Day of Prayer is 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. Our Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer. It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families. The Task Force represents a Judeo-Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.”

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