POMEROY, Ohio – The annual National Day of Prayer observances will soon take place in Pomeroy. The theme for this year is Love One Another.

The observances begin with the Circle the Courthouse Event on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 3 p.m. People are encouraged to come circle the Meigs County Courthouse and pray for employees and officials of Meigs County.

The annual Bible Reading on the Parking Lot marathon will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, April 29. The readings will be daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through May 1, 2019. To sign up to read, call 740-508-1327.

The National Day of Prayer service will be held Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. on the steps of the Meigs County Courthouse. Residents are invited to attend and join in prayer for the government, state and local officials as well as other needs in the country.

Additionally, signs will be posted on the walking paths in Pomeroy, Middleport, and Racine. People are encouraged to walk and pray from April 28 to May 2.

Brenda Barnhart discussed during the Meigs County Commissioners meeting on April 18, 2019 about the events for the National Day of Prayer. The commissioners voted unanimously to approve a proclamation which reads:

A Proclamation for Meigs County National Day of Prayer

Our Nation’s motto “In God We Trust” was not chosen lightly. It reflects a basic recognition that there is a divine authority in the universe to which this Nation owes homage. Throughout our history Americans have put their faith in God and no one can doubt that we have been blessed for it. The earliest settlers of this land came in search of religious freedom. Landing on a desolate shoreline, they established a spiritual foundation that has served us ever since.

It was the hard work of our people, the freedom they enjoyed and their faith in God that built this country and made it the envy of the world. In all of our great cities and towns evidence of the faith of our people is found: houses of worship of every denomination are among the oldest structures.

Prayer is today as powerful a force in our Nation as it has ever been. We as a Nation should never forget this source of strength. And while recognizing that the freedom to choose a Godly path is the essence of liberty, as a Nation we cannot but hope that more of our citizens would, through prayer, come into a closer relationship with their Maker.

Now, Therefore, We, the Meigs County Commissioners, do hereby proclaim Thursday, May 2, 2019, a day of Prayer in Meigs County. On this day we ask all who believe, to join with us in giving Thanks to Almighty God for the Blessings He has bestowed on our county and country. Let us as a county join together before God, fully aware of the trials that lie ahead and the need for divine guidance.

It was signed by all three commissioners, Tim Ihle, Randy Smith and Jimmy Will.