Prayer coordinators in cities across Oklahoma are planning
Thus far, prayer services are planned at the state Capitol and in Norman, Lawton-Fort Sill,
Many of the prayer gatherings are planned outside government buildings such as courthouses and city halls, while the state Capitol's observance will be held on the
Other gatherings are scheduled to take place in city parks, churches, fairgrounds and private schools. A prayer event also is planned near the Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial &
The theme for the 61st National Day of Prayer is “One Nation Under God,” based on Psalm 33:12: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.”
One of the most well-attended events, the state Capitol observance will feature state, military and business leaders who will pray for their areas of responsibility. Lloyd Smith, chairman of the National Day of Prayer Oklahoma Task Force, said Gov. Mary Fallin is scheduled to participate in the
Meanwhile, McAdow said he is coordinating the fifth annual prayer event at the Survivor Tree at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. McAdow said the event is sponsored by his church, First United Methodist of Oklahoma City, plus Oklahoma City's First Baptist, First Lutheran-Oklahoma City, Frontline Church, City Presbyterian and St.
McAdow said the service typically lasts about 45 minutes and is expected to draw people who work in the downtown area who may not have had time to attend an earlier service. He said the prayer gathering's start time has been moved back from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. this year to allow more people getting off work to attend.
“It's an opportunity to celebrate National Day of Prayer,” McAdow said.
First Baptist Church of Mustang will open its prayer room all day for a come-and-go prayer observance. Coordinators for the church's event said prayer guides will be available for adults and children who wish to stop in and pray.
In Kingfisher, activities for men, women and young people are planned, beginning with a Men's Prayer Breakfast at the Kingfisher Fairgrounds exhibit building. Prayer day activities in Kingfisher continue with a Women's Prayer Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the same fairgrounds location as the men's breakfast. A youth rally will be held in the evening at Kingfisher High School.
Like Kingfisher, activities for all ages also are being offered in Shawnee. Mandi Wells, coordinator of Prayer over Shawnee, said the event will feature Prayer Force One, the bus ministry founded by former state Sen. Ed Moore, a Baptist pastor, and his wife, Sandy.
Wells said the visitors for the event, set for 6:30 p.m. at Faith Community Church of God, 2019 E MacArthur, will participate in a prayer service followed by tours of the Prayer Force One bus.
She said a highlight of the event will be kite flying.
“Last year, we had more than 100 people show up to fly kites,” Wells said. “I'm the children's minister at the church so I try to include as much of the family as I can.”
National Day of Prayer
Here is a listing of National Day of Prayer events scheduled for Thursday in the metro area. For a listing of more activities and events taking place around the state, go to www.nationaldayofprayer.org.
For a list of National Prayer Day events, see Page 2D.