First Posted: 5/1/2013
LUMBERTON — Robeson County residents are invited to participate in prayer services as part of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday.
Services will be held in Lumberton, Red Springs and St. Pauls.
The prayer service in Lumberton will be held at the downtown plaza from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., Red Springs will hold its service at 6 p.m. at Town Hall and St. Pauls will hold its service at noon at R.E. Hooks Community building.
The prayer service in Lumberton will be coordinated by Dr. Matt Rich and Pastor Arthur Foy, members of the Lumberton Commission on Community Relations. There will be a recorded message by Rep. Mike McIntyre, prayers and remarks by community leaders and pastors, songs by vocalists from local churches along with the singing of “God Bless America.”
In the event of bad weather, the service will be moved to the Osterneck Auditorium at 101 N. Chestnut St., but the weather forecast is favorable.
The National Day of Prayer is held annually in remembrance of the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming a nation. The first Thursday of May was declared as the National Day of Prayer by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, and every year the president signs a proclamation encouraging Americans to pray on this day.