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National Day of Prayer service planned for Thursday
LAWRENCEVILLE - In honor of the National Day of Prayer, the Lawrenceville Area Ministerial Association (LAMA) has planned a Community Prayer Service on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 809 12th Street in Lawrenceville.

"We are trying to get more and more of the community involved," said Russell Veldman, pastor of the Free Methodist Church in Lawrenceville and member of the LAMA. "This is a national day and the organization wants to see every town, every county, joining together to pray for our country."

The National Day of Prayer is held every year and the theme for 2019 is, "Love One Another." The corresponding verse is, "Love one another. Just as I have loved you" from John 13:34.

On April 17, 1952, a bill initiated by Conrad Hilton of Hilton Hotels and senator Frank Carlson of Kansas, was passed that the President of the United States was to set aside an appropriate day each year, other than Sunday, as a National Day of Prayer. The date has been an ongoing occurrance every year since and is now known as a day in which the people of the United States turn to God in prayer and meditation for the betterment of our country.

Veldman said the service will not include a sermon and that the emphasis will be on prayer. Hymns will also be sung by those attending and Marj Shinkle will accompany on piano.

"We will pray with the theme in mind, for the country, for our local community, governments, schools, families, all those kinds of things," said Veldman. "Different pastors will lead different categories and we will have some songs dispersed."

The LAMA is sponsoring the service and those who are participating include: Veldman; Thom Cody, pastor of the Hi-Way Church of God on Hwy. 50 west of Lawrenceville; Father Ron Weber from the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Lawrenceville; Jeff Shick, associate pastor from the First Christian (Disciples of Christ) in Lawrenceville; Don Akers, senior pastor at First Christian (Disciples of Christ); Shane Frederick, pastor from the Sumner and Zion United Methodist churches; and David Cogdill, pastor from the Pinkstaff United Methodist Church and the Chauncey United Methodist Church.

The service will last approximately 45 minutes and the public is invited. There is no cost to attend.

"We would love for the community to come, this is an annual event, it happens around this time every year," said Veldman. "We are hoping for a large crowd."

For more information regarding the National Day of Prayer, visit NationalDayofPrayer.org.





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