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National Day Of Prayer Is Observed

By Randy Rutherford - Staff Writer | May 12, 2021

The 2021 National Day of prayer was held on the steps of the Tyler County Courthouse on May 6th beginning at noon. Event organizer Mike Lenz welcomed everyone to this year’s observance celebrating the theme of “Lord, pour out your love, life and liberty.” Those in attendance joined in singing the National Anthem led by Kristy Wade followed by the Indian Creek Christian school students leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The opening prayer was delivered by Chuck Sapp. This year’s prayer topics included: Government and Media, with Eric Vincent, County Commissioner, leading a prayer asking the two groups to unite especially when the welfare of the country is at stake; a Military prayer, led by Herman Haught, highlighting the service of all veterans; a prayer for Police and First Responders, led by Brian Weigle, Tyler County Sheriff’s Department, highlighting those that are first on the scene of emergencies; a prayer for Youth and Schools led by Andrew Tennent, minister of the First United Methodist Church, Sistersville, WV; a prayer for Families, led by Chelsea Smith and and a prayer for our Churches, led by Sarah Allen. The closing prayer was given by Ed Gullett.

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every President since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as it enables us to recall and teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions. It stands as a call for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The National Day of Prayer belongs to all Americans. It is a day that transcends differences, bringing together citizens from all backgrounds