Starkville’s observance of the National Day of Prayer is set for noon May 1 at the Starkville Sportsplex. The public is invited to attend.
As part of this year’s event, community leaders will share their personal testimony of the importance of prayer in eight key areas of every community, including government, military, business, media, family, church, education and healthcare.
Speakers for this year’s event include:
· Starkville Mayor Parker Wisemen discussing the importance of prayer in government;
· Marvell Howard, Oktibbeha County Supervisor, discussing the importance of prayer in the military;
· Sen. Gary Jackson discussing the importance of prayer for businesses.
· Michelle Lowe, news anchor for WCBI-TV in Columbus, discussing the importance of prayer in the media;
· Rev. Joseph Stone of Second Baptist Church of Starkville discussing the importance of prayer for families; “Prayer is dialogue between mankind and their Heavenly Father,” Rev. Stone said. “Through prayer believers receive the strength, courage, and wisdom to live victorious lives no matter the situations they face. It is the glue that keeps hearts, minds, dream, and hopes intact. With prayer, believers win. Without prayer, believers lose.”
· Dr. Giles Lindley of First United Methodist Church of Starkville discussing the importance of prayer for the church; “Praying for the church, whether it is your own congregation or the church universal, is vital to the life of the church,” said Lindley. “Those prayers tap into the power of God. Those prayers also bind the members of the church together. The church cannot exist without prayer.”
· Dr. Paul Miller, Vice-President of the Golden Triangle Campus of East Mississippi Community College, discussing the importance of prayer in education;
· Dr. Paul Ruff, of Starkville Children’s Clinic, discussing the importance of prayer in the healthcare field. “I feel that praying for healthcare workers is important because Christ loves when we pray for each other,” Dr. Ruff said. “Praying for doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals helps people to feel as if they are contributing to the “care” of patients, and that’s a wonderful way to express love. As for me, prayer is important to me because I need an ongoing personal relationship with God to stay centered. Whenever I get resentful, bitter, jealous, or even just plain depressed, a prayer of gratitude can turn everything around and get me back to where I’m supposed to be – when I really want it to. God is always there for me, sometimes just waiting for me to acknowledge my need for Him.”
Tom Jenkins, minister of music at First Baptist Church of Starkville, will provide special music for the event.
This year marks the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer. The theme for 2014 is One Voice, United in Prayer, emphasizing the need for individuals, corporately and individually, to place their faith in the unfailing character of their Creator, who is sovereign over allgovernments, authorities, and men. To further highlight the theme, Romans 15:6 serves as the scripture for this year: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The observance of the National Day of Prayer is founded on the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion and can be celebrated by all Americans. The National Day of Prayer Task Force concentrates on the need to pray for the well-being of America and for those in leadership on all levels of national, church and educational areas of influence. The National Day of Prayer is observed annually on the first Thursday of May.
For more information about the National Day of Prayer, go to http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org. For more about the Starkville observance, go to the Facebook page for Starkville’s Observance of the National Day of Prayer.