Posted by: mollyrossiter | May 5, 2009

National Day of Prayer

UPDATE: The forecast for Cedar Rapids for Thursday calls for rain. In the event that it is raining during the National Day of Prayer observance, organizers said the event would be moved across the street to First Presbyterian Church, 310 Third Ave. SE.

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The National Day of Prayer observance in Cedar Rapids has a new home at Greene Square Park.

The observance this year was moved after the Cedar River flooded much of downtown Cedar Rapids last year, including May’s Island, where the observanve has been traditionally held.

The Cedar Rapids event is set to run through the lunch hour, with music starting at 11:30 a.m. and organized prayer to start at noon. The event is scheduled to end at 1 p.m.

The event has been hosted by the Linn County Association of Evangelicals for more than 20 years.

From the National Day of Prayer Web site:

“The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths 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.”

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