Let us Pray

by | May 3, 2024 | Uncategorized

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them…

God is great and God is good, and we thank him for our food…

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change…

Hail Mary, full of grace…

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace…

Now I lay me down to sleep…

Our Father, Who art in heaven…

Peace be on you and the mercy and blessings…

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want…

Prayer is an integral part of spiritual life. How many of the above prayer openings do you recognize? Many of them easily roll off your tongue. Today may be the day you want to recite your favorite prayer as we observe the Day of National Prayer.

The Day of National Prayer is held annually on the first Thursday of May. Created by a joint legislative resolution and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1952, we are encouraged to pray for our nation. During the observance, we are asked to turn to God in prayer and meditation. Although federally enacted in 1952, the practice of national days of prayer goes back to New England’s colonial days under British rule. In 1775, the first Continental Congress called for a National Day of Prayer as a means for our founding fathers to seek God’s wisdom and guidance in forming the new nation.

Heaven knows that our nation and our world need our prayers. Today is an opportune time to follow St. Paul’s advice to “pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).” A local interfaith gathering is planned today, Thursday, May 2, 2024, 6:00 PM, near the gazebo at Argyle Park in the Village of Babylon. The event is being sponsored by the Babylon Clergy Cluster, which includes Rev. Dr. Joanne Bond of Cross of Christ Lutheran Church and Rev. Dr. Donna Field of St. Paul’s Reformed Church.

Of course, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 36 E. John Street, Lindenhurst, always welcomes you to join us every Sunday at 9:30 AM for prayer and worship. This Sunday, May 5, 2024, our youngsters will lead us in worship and prayer. Pray for their ministry leadership on this Youth Sunday celebration.

Blessings,
Pastor Marc