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.