FREEPORT – May 5 is a special day – a day set aside by Congress known as the National Day of Prayer. Millions of Americans will be gathering at town halls, churches, post office flagpoles, and various venues to pray for their nation and their leaders.

President George Washington was the first to call for a national day of prayer and throughout American history succeeding Presidents have followed a tradition of calling out to God Almighty for His wisdom, guidance, and blessing upon America.

We are at a crossroads in our nation. America groans under the weight of unemployment, crime, immorality, war, civil unrest, terrorism, healthcare crisis, taxes, and natural disasters.

This year’s National Day of Prayer theme, Wake Up America, is a call for a return to the God of Fathers in reverence for His Holy Name.Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet.”  Isaiah 58:1a

Rockford: 41th Annual Leadership Prayer Lunch, Cliffbreakers, 11:15 a.m. Featured Speaker: Former Congressman Don Manzullo ($20/Reservations: (815) 633-6261

Rockford Region NDP Prayer Service, House of Joy, 6:30 p.m.)

Rockton: Rockton Village Park, noon

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