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Immanuel Baptist Church to host National Day of Prayer

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The City of Lebanon’s National Day of Prayer observance will be hosted on Thursday, May 7 by Immanuel Baptist Church.

The time of the observance is set for 6:30 p.m. The church is at 214 Castle Heights Ave., Lebanon.

Senior Pastor John Hunn said he is praying for this to be a time for all in the Lebanon community to join together as one to pray for the city, the children, the military, the churches and the national government. Mayor Philip Craighead will be speaking along with other leaders in the community. Local singers are to perform, also.

The National Day of Prayer theme this year is "Prayer...America's Hope!" based on Psalm 33:22 which says, “May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”  After the closing prayer, everyone is invited for dessert in the IBC Activities Building.

The website www.ndptf.org noted that “the National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The observance of the National Day of Prayer is founded on the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion and can be celebrated by all Americans.”

In addition, the website said that “Days of prayer have been called for since 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln called for such a day. Officially, the NDP was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952 and was signed into law by President Truman. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the NDP.”

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