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Pastor's Letter by Bro. Rudy

​May 2018

"Taste and See the Lord is Good!!"

As you read the history of this nation, you find that prayer has played a vital role.  One of the most famous paintings of George Washington shows him on his knees in Valley Forge, praying.  At that point, it looked like the war for Independence would be lost.  After that prayer time in Valley Forge, Washington marched his army to victory. 

Most of us know the story of Benjamin Franklin’s speech during the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1787.  The delegates were struggling with the development of America’s Constitution.  In his speech, Benjamin Franklin quoted from book of Psalms and then called for prayer to begin every session.  It was not long after they started praying that the Constitution took shape.

In 1952 President Harry S. Truman signed into law the creation of a National Day of Prayer.  That law was amended in 1988 to design the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer.  President Ronald Reagan signed that amendment into law.  Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

Thursday, May 3rd, our nation will again be called to prayer.  The National Day of Prayer Task Force has chosen “UNITY” as the 2018 theme.  The scripture from which the theme comes is Ephesians 4:3; “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

On Thursday, May 3rd, we will join other believers on the lawn of the Colbert Courthouse, for a time of prayer.  The Prayer Service will begin at 12:00 noon.  Different pastors and civic officials will lead us in prayers for national, state and local leaders.  We will also pray for our schools, businesses, first responders and families. 

In their announcement, the National Day of Prayer Task Force wrote; “Prayer brings people together. Prayer builds bridges between opposing persons and even political parties. Prayer reminds us that we are created in God's image and He desires for us to represent Him everywhere we go. Prayer brings UNITY.”

The Task Forces statement closes with this reminder from Dr. Ronnie Floyd; “There is no great movement of God that has ever occurred that does not begin with the extraordinary prayer of God's people.”

Make your plans to join in this year’s National Day of Prayer Service on the lawn of the Colbert Courthouse.  In case of rain, the service will be held in our sanctuary.  If you cannot make the Noon service, take time to pray that day.

We don’t have to wait until May 3 to pray for America.  There is an insert in this newsletter, an outline, from the
National Day of Prayer Task Force that you can use in your personal prayers:

See you Sunday at the House of Prayer, as we worship our amazing God who hears every prayer.  
     ~ Rudy