Throughout America’s history, many presidents have designated certain days to be set aside for the purpose of prayer.

Numerous proclamations have been issued over the years, requesting that citizens take time to seek God’s divine intervention in the affairs of our nation.

Then, in 1952, both houses of Congress unanimously passed legislation creating an annual National Day of Prayer, and in 1988, they amended that law designating the first Thursday in May as that day of prayer.

This year marks the 66th Annual National Day of Prayer, which will be observed Thursday.

The theme, designated by NDP headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., is, “For Your GREAT Name’s sake! Hear us ... Forgive us ... Heal us!” — taken from Daniel 9:19, which says, “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and take action! For Your own sake, O my God ...”

President Donald Trump and all 50 U.S. governors are signing proclamations designating May 4 as a day of prayer, and requesting that citizens of all faiths pray for our nation.

As in previous years, millions of people will be joining together all across America at various public gatherings at city halls, county courthouses, state capitols, libraries, parks, businesses, churches and homes.

Here in the greater Fort Hood area, a number of prayer activities will be taking place next week, beginning Sunday and extending through Friday.

A wide variety of prayer events will highlight the week on Thursday, the official date of the NDP observance, offering folks a choice of times and locations that best suit their schedules.

The public is particularly encouraged to attend the citywide pre-NDP kickoff event, one of the noon events, and the regional evening event at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton.

Prayer activities will begin Sunday with a citywide prayer gathering:

SUNDAY

Agape Church of God in Christ

3000 Little Nolan Road, Killeen, 4 p.m. Sunday

Contact: Ms. Lillian Billie 254-466-7463

WEDNESDAY

Citywide Youth-led Prayer and Worship Event

Greater Vision Community Church, 2000 E. Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen

Contact: Pastor David Reynolds 254-200-4382

THURSDAY

Thursday is the official date of this year’s NDP observance, there will be numerous prayer gatherings at various times and locations throughout the local area. The public is invited to attend any one or more of these prayer events:

MORNING PRAYER EVENTS

Body of Christ Outreach Center for Pacific Islanders, 211 W. Hallmark, Killeen

8-11:30 a.m., Coffee, Tea & Prayer.

Contact: Pastor Nio Silao, 254-768-0284

St. Joseph’s Catholic School (at the flagpole), 2903 E. Rancier, Killeen

8-9 a.m., student-led prayer

Contact: St. Joseph School 254-634-7272

Refuge Ministry, 3601 Edgefield, Killeen

9-11 a.m.

Contact: Pastor Angel Valencia, 254-258-7505

Grace Bible Church, 1203 Winkler Ave., Killeen

9-11:30 a.m.

Contact: Kathleen Brown, 214-797-0432

Westside Baptist Church, 194 Stagecoach Road, Killeen

9-11 a.m.

Contact: Alfonso Leathers, 254-628-1004

NOONTIME PRAYER EVENTS

Killeen City Hall (city council chambers), 101 N. College St., Killeen

noon – 1 p.m., Prayer and Free Lunch

Contact: Roxanne Flores-Achmad, 254-501-7878

Christian House of Prayer

3300 Stan Schlueter Loop, Killeen

noon-1 p.m.

Contact: Elder Joseph Solomon, 254-526-7021

Harker Heights City Hall (tentative), 305 Miller’s Crossing, Harker Heights

noon-1 p.m.

Contact: Tim McKeown, 254-634-6262

Fort Hood Spiritual Fitness Center, Battalion & 33rd Street, Fort Hood

10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., youth prayer event

Contact: Retired Chaplain Bill Shelnutt, 254-681-7777

Economic Development Corp. Building (EDC), 210 S. First St., Copperas Cove

noon - 1 p.m.

Contact: Peggy Thompson, 254-547-4881

Temple Municipal Building (at the flagpoles), 2 N. Main St., Temple

noon - 1 p.m.

Contact: Ruth Daniel, 254-718-0002

AFTERNOON PRAYER EVENTS

Rosewood Retirement Center, 5700 Central TX Expressway

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Contact: Abby, 254-680-5020 and Ken, 466-6258

Jesus Hope and Love Mission, 818 N. Fouth St., Killeen

5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Prayer and Free Dinner

Contact: Pastor Steve Chae, 254-291-2314

First United Methodist Church Killeen, 3501 E. Elms Road, Killeen

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Prayer & Free Light Dinner

Contact: Elaine Passman, 254-698-4371

First United Methodist of Nolanville, 208 W. Avenue I

6 - 6:40 p.m., followed by a motorcycle ride to the Bell County Expo Center for an evening prayer event

Contact: Joel Lytle, 808-754-3292

PRAYER SITES

Metroplex Hospital, 2201 S. Clear Creek Road, Killeen

chapel open 24 hours

Contact: Chaplain Jaime Guajardo 254-519-8202

St. Paul Chong Hasang Catholic Church, 1000 E. FM 2410, Harker Heights

church open 1- 5 p.m.

Contact: St. Paul Church 254-698-4110

New Beginnings Assembly of God, 859 Copperhead Circle, Harker Heights

church open 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Contact: Andrea Womack 254-466-5565

Rollins Brook Community Hospital, 605 N. Key Ave., Lampasas

The chapel is open 24 hours.

Contact: Stan Martin 512-556-3682

Seton Medical Center, 850 W. Central Texas Expressway, Harker Heights

The chapel is open 24 hours.

Contact: Emma Conley 254-680-6279

Grace Christian Center

1401 Elms Road, Killeen

GCC Kids center open 5 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Contact: Scott Wilmot, 254-634-6990

Rivers of Living Water, 508 N. Gray, Killeen

church open 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Contact: Bishop Darryl Shaw 254-554-8451

NDP PRAYER EVENT

Bell County Expo Center, Loop 121, Belton

7- 8:30 p.m., Concert of prayer format in small groups

Contact: Ruth Daniel 254-718-0002

FRIDAY

Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel Sanctuary, Tank Destroyer Boulevard and 31st Street, Fort Hood

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., individual or small group prayer

Contact: Teresa Parris, 254-288-6545

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