The Pennsylvania Pastors Network is encouraging pastors and congregations around the state to be involved in a National Day of Prayer event in their community and come together to pray for the country and its leadership.
“Pennsylvania is home to the cradle of liberty, and it was here in our state that our nation’s founders opened the First Continental Congress with prayer at Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia in 1774,” said APN president Sam Rohrer, who is also president of the American Pastors Network (APN, www.americanpastorsnetwork.net). “This week, we have the opportunity as Pennsylvanians and as Americans to come together in prayer again on May 7. When Christians gather in prayer according to God’s will, nothing is impossible. Find an event in your community, join the faithful in your neighborhood, and lift up the nation to God, that we would return to the biblical and constitutional principles on which our great country was founded.”
The National Day of Prayer is organized by the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Nearly 100 events are planned in Pennsylvania, and PPN Executive Director Dr. Gary Dull will be one of the speakers at the Altoona-area/Blair County National Day of Prayer gathering, set for noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday on the Blair County Courthouse Patio, 423 Allegheny Street, Hollidaysburg, Pa. He will be addressing the persecution of Christians in America and around the world and leading in prayer on the subject.
In case of rain, the event will be moved to the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 183 Jefferson Street, Hollidaysburg.
Events planned in several cities around the state for May 7 include:
- 24 Hour Prayer Connect & Night of Worship in Philadelphia (location TBA)
- PA Capitol National Day of Prayer, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the East Wing Rotunda of the PA State Capitol in Harrisburg
- National Day of Prayer in the City of Allentown, noon to 1 p.m. at the 7th Street Historic Monument, 17 South 7th Street, in front of the Government Center Building
- Erie National Day of Prayer, noon to 1 p.m. at the Erie City Council Chambers, Erie City Hall, 626 State Street
- National Day of Prayer Pittsburgh, noon to 2 p.m., Market Square, 23 Market Place, in downtown Pittsburgh
- National Day of Prayer Stroudsburg, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at the Monroe County Courthouse Circle, 7th Street near Main Street in Stroudsburg
- Lancaster County National Day of Prayer, 6 to 8 p.m. at the WJTL Junction Center, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim
- Salvation Army of York Noon Prayer Service, noon to 1 p.m., at 124 S. Duke Street, York
To find a National Day of Prayer event in your community, visit http://nationaldayofprayer.org/event-finder/, where events can be searched by zip code or city.
For the 2015 Day of Prayer observance, the theme is “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” centering on I Kings 8:28: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation, according to the National Day of Prayer web site. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The National Day of Prayer Task Force communicates the need for personal repentance and prayer, creates Day of Prayer materials and resources, and mobilizes the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and their families.