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Salem will mark Day of Prayer

Submitted photo Salem Mayor John Berlin issued a proclamation Friday declaring May 6 at the city’s 15th Annual Day of Prayer. The service will be held at noon in the Salem Memorial Building gym and streamed live at praysalem.org plus Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at Pray Salem. From left, Day of Prayer Committee members, from left, Jim Kelly, Cindy Smith, Berlin, Becky Craig and Daniel Hardy. Not pictured is Theresa Morris.

SALEM — The Salem Area National Day of Prayer Gathering will take place at noon Thursday, May 6 at the Salem Memorial Building gym, 785 E. State St. The event will also be broadcasted live on praysalem.org, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts all titled Pray Salem and also tape delayed later in the day on cable channel 1021.

This year’s theme is “Lord, Pour Out Your Love, Life and Liberty,” backed by Scripture found in 2 Corinthians 3:17 — “Now the Lord is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

The program include a prelude by Allegheny Wesleyan College Orchestra at 11:45 a.m. with musical selections provided by the Allegheny Wesleyan College Ladies Trio and the Men’s Quartet; welcome and opening prayer by the Rev. Daniel Hardy Sr.; flag presentations and pledges led by Josiah Haas of Boy Scout Troop 6 and Kaitlynn and Lainey Haas of Boy Scout Troop 3; the National Anthem led by Pastor Kari Lankford; Proclamation for the City of Salem from Mayor John C. Berlin; Scripture and Prayer for Business by Joe Brunk; Goverment by state Rep. Tim Ginter and Pam Ginter; Media by Brooke Pidgeon; Family by Louisa Thomas; Military by Dennis Plegge; church by Pastor Kari Lankford; Education by Steve Goodenow; Safety Forces/Health Care Workers by Minister Austin French; Recognition of Safety Forces/Health Care Workers by Minister Austin French; and the closing prayer by Jim Kelly.

The National Day of Prayer is always held on the first Thursday of May. The tradition of the National Day of Prayer originated with the Continental Congress in 1775 and in 1789 President George Washington stated, “It is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God.” In 1988, it was legislated by Congress and signed by President Ronald Reagan.

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