By ROBERT PIERCE • Daily Leader
Psalm 33:22 says “May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”
Local organizers are using this message during this year’s observance of National Day of Prayer, which will begin around noon Thursday at the Seward County Courthouse. There will also be an NDP program at 10 a.m. Thursday at Liberal Good Samaritan Center.
“We probably won’t start right at noon because we’ll want to give people a chance to get there from work,” said Dr. Jack Jacobs of First Southern Baptist Church regarding the courthouse gathering.
“We’ll probably have a total of about 40 minutes to make sure everybody can leave and get back to work on time.”
Jacobs said the program will start with the Pledge of Allegiance, the National Anthem and other patriotic songs.
“We’ve got various pastors and leaders from the community that are going to pray kind of a directed prayer over various segments of our nation – our families, our churches, our schools, the media, businesses,” he said. “Just kind of asking for God’s blessing, and then we’ll have a time of prayer and repentance at the end.”
The noon time is new for this year’s program, according to Jacobs.
“In the past, we’ve always done it in the evening,” he said. “Last year, we met at 7 o’clock out at the college. Attendance was really poor. Last Sept. 11, we had the Cry Out America. We had probably about 100 show up at noon. The goal is just to get as many people from the various churches throughout the community.”
Jacobs said NDP is an opportunity for people to come together.
“So often, people look at churches as being their own little group,”
he said. “There just needs to be those times when we come together to agree on what we agree on, and we should be able to agree that we want God to bless our nation. The only way for that to happen is for us to get right with each other and get right with Him.”
Jacobs said he is hoping for a turnout similar to last year’s Sept.
11 Cry Out America.
“I think the weather’s going to turn better by Thursday, and hopefully, that’ll cooperate with us,” he said. “I’d like to see Hispanics, African-Americans, whites, Asians, Somalians – people from every group that make up our community.”