05/04/12 The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation“. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on that day. The modern law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952, although it has historical origins to a mandate by George Washington, the first president of the United States.
Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter continued in the tradition of other city mayor’s by holding the 34th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, Thursday at Christo’s Banquet Center. Over 150 citizens attended the event that included special music, singing, and an entertaining guest speaker.
The event, dubbed by the mayor as the “Boys Morning Out” due to the fact the several members of the Mike Boys family participated in the event. Mike Boys lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance while Tom Boys sang and played the piano.
After a tasty breakfast the Reverend Doctor Sam Boys shared thoughts about prayer using Thessalonians 5:16-18 and discussing in detail the scripture that included: rejoice always, pray constantly and give thanks in all circumstances.
The event concluded with a the community hymn “Let There Be Peace on Earth” and a free will offering that will benefit Boy Scout Troops 251 and 257 and Cub Pack 222.
The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of America’s heritage. Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history.