NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER program was shown Thursday, May 7 at noon on ZOOM. Click on the video below to watch. The actual service begins about 5 minutes into the video.


The West Deptford Area’s community gathering for the 2020 National Day of Prayer was hosted online by St. Paul’s United Methodist Church of West Deptford on Thursday May 7th at noon. Pastor Dave Delaney said, “We have worked with Township officials each of the last few years to ensure that all of our neighbors can join together in prayer, and this year’s global pandemic is not going to stop our community from praying together. In fact, this year perhaps more than any previous year all of our community needs to be in prayer together.”

On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer. The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” The president is required by law (36 U.S.C. § 119) to sign a proclamation each year, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.

The National Day of Prayer is observed together by neighbors and clergy representing all faith traditions. The West Deptford program has traditionally featured music, readings, and prayer.

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