By MARK EVANS
About two dozen people braved rainy weather Friday afternoon to pray in front of Ste Genevieve City Hall as part of the National Day of Prayer. More of the faithful gathered at Bloomsdale Baptist Church that night for another prayer session.
Kenny Williams again led the Ste. Genevieve event. The group prayed for the family unit, the church, the workplace, education, the military, government and for media and the arts/entertainment.
“It’s important to show our faith openly and show we’re not ashamed of what we believe,” Williams said. “That’s why we believe it’s important to come out and pray openly, in front of city hall and pray for our nation that God can bless us with mighty miracles.”
This year’s verse for the National Day of Prayer is 2: Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”
The cover of the program says, “Lord our out your love, life, and liberty.”
Williams, Rev. Joe Mancuso, pastor of Hope Church, and several others prayed aloud, each person praying for one of the aforementioned entities.
The modern National Day of Prayer originated in 1952. The holiday was signed into law by President Harry S Truman, and every president since has signed a proclamation that encourages Americans to pray on and celebrate this day.
The national holiday has always been the first Thursday of May every year since 1952.