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05/04/06 – East Texas

Millions to Unite in Prayer Across America to "Honor God"

Gen. George Washington prays at Valley Forge, Penn. in the bitter winter of 1777-78 during the American Revolution (from painting by Arnold Friberg, RSA). Gen. George Washington prays at Valley Forge, Penn. in the bitter winter of 1777-78 during the American Revolution (from painting by Arnold Friberg, RSA).

As American troops fight for democracy and freedom around the globe and battle the war on terror, citizens of the United States are preparing to celebrate their freedom to gather, worship and pray. Millions will answer the call to prayer on May 4, the 55th annual National Day of Prayer, by flocking to observances held in public venues to pray for the nation, governmental leaders, media, churches, families and schools.

This year's theme is "America, Honor God" and is based on 1 Samuel 2:30 (NIV) - "Those who honor me, I will honor..." National Day of Prayer Chairman Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family founder and chairman Dr. James Dobson, said "at a time when so many principles found in Scripture have been rejected by society, it's all the more vital that God's people stand firmly in defense of the precepts He's laid out in His Word. As we wage this cultural battle, however, none of our efforts are assured success without consistent, fervent prayer for God's intervention."

"The National Day of Prayer provides each of us with a powerful opportunity to humble ourselves before the Almighty and to seek the 'redeeming and preserving grace' Abraham Lincoln so eloquently spoke! In asking God to forgive our collective rebellion against Him. We can also pray for our schools, the media and especially our governmental leaders, asking the Lord to grant them wisdom, for the challenges they face on a daily basis. How encouraging to know that our loving heavenly Father listens and responds to our personal and corporate petitions, enabling us to 'receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.'"

Noted author and Pastor Dr. Henry Blackaby is the 2006 Honorary Chairman and will address the national event in Washington, D.C. In addition to his appearance at the national observance, Dr. Blackaby has released, Experiencing Prayer with Jesus, which is this year's theme book. Grammy award winning artist Rebecca St. James will sing the theme song, America, Honor God.

About The National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America when the Continental Congress issued a proclamation setting aside a day of prayer in 1775. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.

Click here to read Texas Gov. Rick Perry's National Day of Prayer 2006 Proclamation (PDF - Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)

East Texas Area National Day of Prayer Observances

  • Lufkin National Day of Prayer Observance

On Thursday, May 4th, the City of Lufkin will be hosting a brief service honoring the National Day of Prayer at the “Spirit of America” Park, located across from City Hall at the corner of Burke and Third Streets. The theme this year is “America, Honor God”, based on the scripture in I Samuel 2:30: “Those who honor me, I will honor …” Organizers say, “We hope that you will join us in commemorating this day as we pray together for our national and local government, family, schools, and churches.”

  • Nacogdoches National Day of Prayer Observance

The Nacogdoches National Day of Prayer observance will be held on the Plaza Principal state behind the Convention and Visitors Bureau on Pilar St. in downtown Nacogdoches. Everyone is welcome to attend. The observance will take place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on May 4, 2006.

  • Center National Day of Prayer Observance

The National Day of Prayer event in Center will be from 12:00 - 12:30 p.m. on the courthouse lawn by the flagpole. The Center Area Ministerial Alliance is leading in focused prayers for Shelby County, community leaders, our nation, our schools, and overall revival/unity in our community. The program will begin with a welcome, a history of the National Day of Prayer, united patriotic singing, and focused prayers from area ministers. The program will conclude with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."

  • Hemphill National Day of Prayer Observance

Hemphill Ministerial Alliance is sponsoring a local observation on the National Day of Prayer. The local observation will begin at noon Thursday on the Sabine County Courthouse square, downtown Hemphill. The event will begin with the Hemphill High School band performing. Several local pastors, business and community leaders, and teachers and students from HISD, will be participating in this annual event by offering special prayers. Prayers will include those for President Bush, the nation, and all leaders, as well as elections, schools and students, cities and counties and their employees, U.S. service personnel and their chaplains, homes and families, and spiritual renewal in the land, churches, and all ministry endeavors. Special music will be offered by the Rach family. Jenelle and Cherene Packard, students of HISD, will sing the National Anthem acappella. The event will close with everyone singing "God Bless America". Everyone is invited to make plans to attend this event. Please bring your lawn chairs. Organizers say, “Remember....Prayer.....the most powerful form of free speech!”

  • Carthage National Day of Prayer Observance

The City of Carthage’s Natinoal Day of Prayer observance will be held from noon until 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2006 at the Panola County Courthouse, 110 Sycamore St., Carthage, Texas. Call coordinator David Goddard at (903) 693-7181 or e-mail davidg@centralcarthage.com for more information.

  • Nacogdoches Medical Center Noon Observance

A brief observance of the National Day of Prayer will be held in the third floor classroom in the Women’s Center Tower at Nacogdoches Medical Center, 4920 NE Stallings Dr. from 11:55 a.m. until 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2006.

  • Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital Noon Observance

A brief observance of the National Day of Prayer will be held at the gazebo right outside the dining room of the Memorial Hospital cafeteria at 1204 N. Mound St. in Nacogdoches from 11:55 a.m. until 12:05 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2006.

  • Nacogdoches Reedemer Lutheran Church Noon Observance

A National Day of Prayer Observance will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 2306 Appleby Sand Rd. in Nacogdoches from 11:45 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2006. Call the church office at (936) 564-6729 for directions.

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