(5/5/22) The National Day of Prayer is today and will feature an ecumenical prayer gathering at 7 PM tonight (Thursday, May 5, 2022) at the Upper Room Missionary Church, 1401 Williams Road, East York, hosted by the Keystone Bible Institute, and once again, endorsed and supported by Conservative Christian Center.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Our Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer.
It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families. The Task Force represents a Judeo-Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.
The local Capital Area National Day of Prayer Board of Directors is comprised of Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals and includes the local club chairman of Conservative Christian Center (and her husband) and the former CCC Chairman (when it was called York County Action).
First Call of Prayer in 1775
Because of the faith of many of our founding fathers, public prayer and national days of prayer have a long-standing and significant history in American tradition. The Supreme Court affirmed the right of state legislatures to open their sessions with prayer in Marsh vs. Chambers (1983).
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 a nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history, including President Lincoln’s proclamation of a day of “humiliation, fasting, and prayer” in 1863. 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 every May. Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. Last year, all 50 state governors plus the governors of several U.S. territories signed similar proclamations.
Significance of the National Day of Prayer
The National Day of Prayer has great significance for us as a nation as 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 for us to humbly come before God, seeking His guidance for our leaders and His grace upon us as a people. The unanimous passage of the bill establishing the National Day of Prayer as an annual event, signifies that prayer is as important to our nation today as it was in the beginning.
Like Thanksgiving or Christmas, this day has become a national observance placed on all Hallmark calendars and observed annually across the nation and in Washington, D.C. Every year, local, state, and federal observances were held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation.
It is estimated that over two million people attended more than 30,000 observances – organized by approximately 40,000 volunteers. At state capitols, county court houses, on the steps of city halls, and in schools, businesses, churches and homes, people stopped their activities and gathered for prayer.
Dr. Ken Gibson of the Keystone Bible Institute, pastor of Upper Room Missionary Church, and recognized as Chairman Emeritus of Conservative Christian Center, is the chairman of the “First Capital (York) Region” National Day of Prayer. Assisting him on the board is CCC York Chairman Emy Delgaudio and her husband Richard. CCC has endorsed and supported the National Day of Prayer in York County every year of its 6-year existence.
A special note to those to whom this newsletter may have been forwarded (email) or who are visiting the CCC website for the first time. The National Day of Prayer is not affiliated with or connected to Conservative Christian Center. Rather, CCC has once again endorsed this event and urges our members and subscribers to participate. That said, and noting our strong support of this annual event, we opine as follows -speaking strictly for Conservative Christian Center (CCC) and NOT for the national “Day of Prayer” organization or its local York County affiliate.
While CCC agrees with the principal that this event should not ever be divisive, we note that it is being held the week after an illegal leak reveals that a first draft of a majority Supreme Court opinion is being circulated among the Supreme Court Justices for a ruling which will at last, overturn Roe vs. Wade, and allow democratically elected legislatures in the 50 states, to once again make the decision for their constituents, as to whether the killing of babies will be outlawed.
We note the hysteria of the liberal-left dominated Democrats this week on this topic, in which they are hoping to pressure and intimidate the Supreme Court to back off this ruling.
We pray on this special day, for the lives of future babies who will be saved if the Supreme Court refuses to back down or run away from this upcoming ruling. Contrary to what the left is claiming, reversing Roe vs. Wade does not outlaw abortion. It gives democratically elected legislatures the power, once again, to decide if abortion will be legal and if it is, what restrictions may be placed.
In other words, if the unconstitutionally decided, original Roe vs. Wade decision of the Supreme Court is reversed, our work truly begins – to elect legislators who will finally be empowered to outlaw the killing of unborn babies – “children” as President Joe Biden said this week. A special reason for Prayer today.
P.S. Further info about CCC, Editor@ConservativeChristianCenter.org. We are especially interested in those who wish to volunteer their time to fill leadership openings in the local CCC in the York County and in Cumberland County Clubs.