NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: MAY 7, 2015

Lord, Hear Our Cry

The Community of Prayer, a local, Judeo-Christian organization, is pleased to sponsor the Santa Maria Valley’s 18th Annual National Day of Prayer luncheon at the Santa Maria Fairpark on Thursday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Park Plaza building.  A complimentary lunch is provided by the Noontime Kiwanis. The Santa Maria Fairpark is located at 937 S. Thornburg, Santa Maria. Use Gate 1 for parking.

Today we face extremely difficult times and daunting challenges. Therefore, all members of the Santa Maria Valley are invited to come pray, as one, for our city to be a place of refuge; to be a safe place; and to be a shining light to others.

Judge Rogelio Flores will be sharing his need for constant prayer as he adjudicates in the Superior Court of Santa Maria.

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.. 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.  The National Day of Prayer 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.

Secondly, we have planned a number of events to coincide with that week’s official observance.  Here’s a brief snapshot of the week’s events:

  • On Friday, May 8, there will be a special Evening of Hope service planned at the Santa Maria Valley Healing Rooms/House of Prayer  located at 3010 Skyway Drive  Suite C.
  • On Saturday, May 9, the second annual Unity in Community Prayer Walk and Event Celebration is scheduled beginning at the upper level Library parking structure and concluding at the Santa Maria Fair Park Fountain Pavilion and outdoor Center Stage area. At the Fair Park, booths will be offering a variety of nonprofit and city resources, services, ministry and information. Additionally, worship and music teams will be performing throughout the day, and there will be children’s activities.  English/Spanish interpreters will be incorporated. For more information please visit: http://unityincommunity.info
  • Also on Saturday evening, May 9, Spanish language prayer services focusing their prayer for our local community and leaders will be available at two locations:
  • A Worship Service and Mass will be held at Saint Louis de Montfort Church.

An “Unidos de Oracion” Service offered through the Hispanic Ministerial Association will be held at Santa Maria Foursquare Church.

On May 5 and 6, to enhance the “Prayer Surge,” the Santa Maria Healing Rooms/House of Prayer will be hosting two full days of sustained worship, prayer and intercession for our community, our nation and specifically targeted areas for prayer. For more information please visit: http://www.healingroomssmv.com

The public is encouraged and cordially invited to attend these Days of Prayer!  For further information, contact Cecile Prevost at (805) 928-5779 or smvndp@aol.com.