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May 1st, 2009
Mayor invites residents to National Day of Prayer observance

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San Marcos and Hays County residents of all faiths are invited to participate in the National Day of Prayer Service 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 7 in the Gazebo Gardens on Hopkins Streets.

The local observance of the 58th annual non-denominational will be a come and go prayer vigil with music and singing.

The theme of the this year’s national observance is “Prayer America’s Hope” taken from Psalm 33:22, “may your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”

It will provide an opportunity for all citizens to unite in their own forms of prayers for guidance, protection and strength for the seven centers of power—government, military, media, business, education, church and family.

Following the sunrise ecumenical opening service, representatives of seven area churches will lead the congregants in prayer, music and scriptures covering these seven topics.

From 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., the focus will be on the military followed by a two-hour focus on government. The 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. focus will be on education with children and youths performing songs and music, reading scriptures and leading prayer.

The 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. focus will be on business with a 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. focus on the media and a 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. observance of family by parishioners of St. John’s Catholic Church.

The sunrise to sunset activities will conclude with a 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. focus on church and concluding prayers for people of all faiths.

Coordinator of the local National Day of Prayer, Mayor Susan Narvaiz, and co-coordinator, longtime San Marcos educator Sarah Lesak, encourage area residents to participate in some or all of the day’s events.

“Regardless of your personal belief system, now more that ever we need to encourage faith in helping us solve our communities’ and the nation’s challenges,” Narvaiz said. “Spiritual unity is more important than ever in bringing us together as Americans to resolve the problems of the times we live in,” Lesak said, “We invite all citizens to join us May 7 in developing our spiritual strengths to meet the challenges in our everyday lives and the life of our nation.”

— BILL CUNNINGHAM

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