San Marcans and Hays Countians of all faiths are invited to participate in the National Day of Prayer Service on May 7 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Gazebo Gardens on Hopkins Streets.
The local observance of the 58th annual non-denominational event 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.”
The event 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 area churches will lead the congregants in prayer, music and scriptures covering these seven topics.
From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., the focus will be on the military, led by Pastor J.D. Elshoff of South Austin Christian Church and Pastor Mike Schlimgen of Solid Rock Church.
Led by Pastor Santiago Heredia of El Buen Pastor and Dr. Jenna Heart, pastor of First United Church, the 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. focus will be on the 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. Pastor Jim Daniel of Grace Fellowship Church and Pastor Tom Ray of Hill Country Faith Ministries will lead the service.
The 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. focus will be on business, with Pastor Randy Bryan of Fellowship San Marcos and Pastor Dennis Spires of Calvary Baptist Church presiding. Pastor Robert Smith of Powerhouse Christian Church will lead the 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. focus on the media.
Pastor John McCombs will lead the 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. observance of family. The sunrise to sunset activities will conclude with a 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. focus on church and Interfaith Prayer for Spiritual Unity, led by Pastor Robin Steele of Promiseland Church.
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.
Said Lesak, “Spiritual unity is more important than ever in bringing us together as Americans to resolve the problems of the times we live in. 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.”