The Community of Prayer, a local, Judeo-Christian organization, is pleased to sponsor the Santa Maria Valley’s 15th Annual National Day of Prayer luncheon at the Santa Maria Fairpark on Thursday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Park Plaza building.  A complimentary lunch is provided by the Noontime Kiwanis.

All members of the Santa Maria Valley are invited to come pray with us for our community. Since the inception of our nation, we have faced many enemies. Many of our young men and women have willingly served our nation on the fronts of those wars. With our nation currently at war in Afghanistan, we on the home front are also called by God to participate in the battle by interceding for our nation.  We must come together as a community and unite in faith to be a city of refuge; a shining light to others.

This year’s theme is One Nation Under God with the key Scripture being Psalm 33:12, which says, Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord .“

Keynote speaker is Kay Moreland, a nurse practitioner in Dr. Robert Okerblom’s office.  George Majoue of the Santa Maria Philharmonic will sing the National Anthem.  Songs of worship will be sung by Roy Henry and the House of Prayer choir.  Local citizens representing various walks of life will offer special prayer for each of these facets of our community: government, local businesses, community service organizations, education, the faith community, and families.

Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer, have a long-standing, significant history in the traditions of our nation.

The National Day of Prayer is a vital part of our heritage.  Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming the nation, the call for days of prayer has continued throughout our nation’s history. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by President Truman, declared an annual, national day of prayer. In 1988, the law was amended and signed by President Reagan, permanently setting the day as the first Thursday of May.  Each year, the president signs a proclamation encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.  Locally, Mayor Lavagnino has also signed a proclamation for each of the past several years.

The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation.  It enables us to recall and to teach the way in which our founding fathers sought the wisdom of God when faced with critical decisions.  It stands as a call to us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace for our nation.

The public is encouraged and cordially invited to attend this special luncheon event!  The Santa Maria Fairpark is located at 937 S. Thornburg, Santa Maria. For further information, contact Cecile Prevost at (805) 928-5779 or smvndp@aol.com.