Day of Prayer in Manistee

About 40 people participated in the National Day of Prayer program at noon on Thursday on the steps of Manistee City Hall. (Dave Yarnell/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — About 40 people gathered on the steps of Manistee City Hall at noon on Thursday to join the millions across the country who were observing the National Day of Prayer.

“We started doing this many years ago,” said David Smeltzer, who has organized the event for the past several years. “My wife Jennifer and Pat Bos started it — and have just kept it going,”

In 1952, President Harry Truman signed a congressional resolution into law to establish the National Day of Prayer on the first Thursday in May

During the Manistee observance there were many prayers, each from a different person — for family, elected officials, law enforcement, persons in recovery, youth, the imprisoned, members of the military and veterans, the unborn, clergy, students, the community and the nation.

“We joined millions of people who are praying at noon today in each of their time zones,” Smeltzer said.

Keith Rupert served as master of ceremonies and also delivered the opening prayer.

“Thank you for this great land, that we are free to come together today in freedom to pray openly for our country and it’s people. Father, we ask you to bless each speaker today and ask that perhaps our prayer today not be God bless America, but America, bless God again.”

Rev. Marc Eix of Faith Covenant Church offered the closing prayer and thanked all of the program’s participants.

“It is my prayer that we would go from this place humbling ourselves, putting ourselves in right posture before God and as we do make the joy of the Lord and the joy of our salvation contagious,” he said. “We would be change agents in this world through our prayers and our actions.”

Keith Rupert served as the master of ceremonies for the observance of the National Day of Prayer at noon on Thursday on the steps of Manistee City Hall. (Dave Yarnell/News Advocate)

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Dave was formerly the News Advocate features writer and retired in November 2013.

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