To the editor:
One of the things that makes our nation great is the faith of its people expressed in prayer. Many of our early leaders sought God's directions and blessings for our nation on their knees. This is part of our nation's heritage. President Abraham Lincoln humbly acknowledged, "I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go."
The first Thursday in May has been designated as a National Day of Prayer. We the undersigned members of the Pastors' Prayer Fellowship wish to encourage the good people of our community to participate in this day of prayer.
An Old Testament Scripture puts this day in perspective. "If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." II Chronicles 7:14
Is there any doubt in these trying days that our nation is in need of fervent prayer? We especially solicit prayers for our government, churches, military, families, education, media, and businesses. The Bible assures us that the prayers of the righteous are powerful and effective.
Three events are planned locally on Thursday, May 2 in New Ulm. At 7:30 a.m. Mayor Buessman will read a proclamation of this day of prayer in the Council Chamber at City Hall.
At noon, many churches will be open from 12-12:30 p.m. so that members may come and offer special prayers for our nation in their own churches.
In the evening, there will be a Community Christian Prayer Gathering. This gathering will meet at the New Ulm Event Center located at 301 20th Street South. The gathering begins at 7 p.m. Several local pastors and lay people will lead this prayer gathering as together we seek the Lord in prayer for our nation.
We strongly encourage everyone to pray for our nation this day, wherever you may be. We also invite you to gather with friends from several other churches in our area to participate in the Community Prayer Gathering at the Event Center at 7 p.m. Together we will seek God's mercy and blessing on our great nation. Remember that prayer is the humble acknowledgment of our dependence upon the Lord God.
May our Lord continue to favor the United States of America with His undeserved mercy and grace. God bless America!
Pastor Sam Richter
Victory in Jesus Fellowship
Pastor Phil Schenck
Grace Community Church
Pastor Kevin Dunn
First United Methodist Church
Pastor Ric Jacobsen
Oakwood United Methodist Church
Pastor Wayne Bernau
Immanuel Lutheran Church