National Day of Prayer today at noon on the square

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – In sharing locally the National Day of Prayer, Good Samaritan Mission sponsors an event today at noon on the town square.

The Mission has invited local area pastors to collectively lead our city in prayer. All are welcome to join in.

Pastor Mike Atkins, formerly of River Crossing in Jackson Hole, leads effort in prayer May 3, 2018. (Courtesy)

National Day of Prayer is a call to citizens to ‘Love One Another’ as Americans across all 50 states will gather in churches, local businesses, the steps of city halls, schools, neighborhoods and public gathering places for a day of public prayer for the United States of America.

While the National Day of Prayer has occurred since 1952, President Ronald Reagan signed a law designating it as always falling on the first Thursday of May. This year’s National Day of Prayer theme is “Love One Another.” The theme comes from the words of Jesus in John 13:34: “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.”

Dr. Ronnie Floyd (Courtesy)

“We tend to forget that Jesus didn’t say we would be known by our creeds or by our knowledge or how much we know about the Bible—He said we would be known only by our love,” Dr. Ronnie Floyd said when revealing the 2019 theme at a leadership summit last fall. “And love has been painfully absent in America in so many ways.”

Dr. Floyd is the president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, which mobilizes Americans to participate in prayer gatherings on the day of the observance.

On Thursday evening, Dr. Floyd will lead the National Observance, which will be held at 5:30pm local time in the National Statuary Hall of the US Capitol. In attendance will be a few members of Congress as well as hundreds of American faith leaders.

In 2018, an estimated 50,000 gatherings across all 50 states were held on the National Day of Prayer. More than 1 million people from 38 countries viewed the broadcast of the National Observance. The 2018 theme: “Pray for America — Unity” went viral and trended No. 1 nationwide on Twitter throughout the day.

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