RACINE — These public events will be held Thursday, May 3, in observance of National Day of Prayer:
* The 61st annual National Day of Prayer will be observed at 11:45 a.m. outside City Hall, 730 Washington Ave. This year’s theme is “One Nation Under God.”
Prelude music and the national anthem will be sung by recording artist Cheryl McCrary.
Alderman Jim Kaplan will open in prayer and also emcee the event, followed by Mayor John Dickert reading the city proclamation. Special time of prayer will be lead by various city officials and military personnel as well as Cornelius Gordon, chaplain of the Racine Youth Offenders Correctional Facility; David Deberg, state chaplain assistant with the Wisconsin Army National Guard; and Thomas Ginski, playing a Civil War Union soldier. Children will be able to recite the “Pledge of Allegiance.”
There will be a moment of silence in remembrance for our military soldiers and their families, a performance of “Taps,” followed by closing music and prayer.
People may bring a lawn chair.
* Racine Christian Reformed Church, 900 Illinois St., will celebrate National Day of Prayer at 7 p.m. The public is invited.
Remarks and prayers will be offered by Police Chief Art Howell; pastors Paul Rhoads, Doug Aldrink, Willie Scott and Rich Doering; Miss Racine Paula Kuiper; Cmdr. Bill Schalk, U.S. Navy retired; Sabrina Eder, Wisconsin Physical Therapist of the Year; and Jennifer Durbin, wife and mother of six.
Music will be provided by soloist Ashley Mulder, Harbor Rock Tabernacle Choir, Christian Faith Fellowship Choir and pianist Tim Bratt.
The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States with the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, an amendment designated the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.