Nearly 80 people gathered during lunch time Thursday at Fort Mill Town Hall to participate in the National Day of Prayer.
Fort Mill residents prayed with government and church representatives for local, state and national governments, the military, media, businesses, education, church and family. Ministers, deacons and Fort Mill officials led each prayer.
Nationally, May 7 was the 64th annual Day of Prayer observance with 43,000 groups expected to participate, making it the more ever, according to organizers. The theme “Lord, Hear Our Cry” is based on 1 Kings 8:28. “ … Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. (NIV)”
Dee Hollinger displayed her I Prayed sticker and said she attended because of “the shape our country is in.” Her pastor, the Rev. Tom Tucker of Sisk Memorial Baptist Church in Fort Mill, led the prayer for families.
Lynne Elting works in the Town Hall building. She attended because she “believes in prayer and praying with other believers.”
Diane Burkholder has coordinated the Fort Mill National Day of Prayer Service for more than 15 years.
“Our country really needs prayer and to turn back to God and the guiding principles our country was founded on,” Burkholder said. “It’s OK to dissent and have differences of opinion, but real freedom is in God.”
President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States on April 17, 1952. President Ronald Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer.