New Brunswick’s National Day of Prayer

For a second year in a row, there is an initiative from City Hall to observe the National Day of Prayer as an interfaith event. The national theme is “Wake up America” and focuses on the need to return to God. Since signed into law by President Truman in 1952, the National Day of Prayer has invited people of all faith. It is observed annually on the first Thursday in May. The National Task Force is predominantly Judeo-Christian. This year’s date is May 5, and the Scripture is Isaiah 58:1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.

Here in New Brunswick, we want to change the theme to fit better our local needs. Instead of saying, “Wake up America!” our theme will be “A Servant’s Heart”. The Scripture for this will be Matthew 20:28 “Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

The event will be hosted by the United Methodist Church on Monument Square. We hope to bring together residents, community leaders, clergy and members of government. In the words of City Hall organizer Keith Jones II, we hope “to present a call to action for faith leaders, community leaders and elected officials to better collaborate in effort to serve.”

So, if you are available, we invite you to use you lunch hour on May 5 to join us at 12:00 Noon in the Methodist Church.

About Rev. Dr. Hartmut Kramer-Mills

Hartmut Kramer-Mills, a native of Jena, Germany, began his theological education at Heidelberg University. After the Middle Exam in 1986 he received a scholarship from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches for McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. He graduated from McCormick with a Master of Divinity in 1988. He graduated from Marburg University in Germany with the Ecclesiastical Exam in 1990, and received a Dr. theol. from Greifswald University, Germany, in 1997. From 1990 to 1991 he was vicar at St. Wenzel in Naumburg, Germany. He was ordained minister of word and sacrament in 1993 through the Protestant Church of the Church Province of Saxony. From 1993 to 1998 he served as assistant pastor in Stoessen, Goerschen, and Rathewitz, Germany. At the same time he was lecturer for Church History at Erfurt College in Germany. From 1999 to 2000 he served the Spotswood Reformed Church in New Jersey as interim pastor. Since 2000 he and his wife serve the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey, as co-pastors.
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