Mayor Hines signs National Day of Prayer Proclamation
On April 25, Darlington Mayor Gloria C. Hines was joined by Leon Stokes Epworth of United Methodist Church, Steve Young of Freedom Methodist Church, Kevin Cauley of Darlington Presbyterian Church, Hunter Jordan of St. Matthews Church, Tim Coker of Central Baptist Church, and Rennie Johnson of First Baptist Church to officially proclaim Thursday, May 4, 2017 as National Day of Prayer in the City of Darlington.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
In Darlington, the event has been staged every year since 1988, with many of those ceremonies taking place on the Public Square. This year’s National Day of Prayer ceremony will be held at noon on May 4 at Darlington Presbyterian Church, and will feature live music and patriotic observances. The event offers a chance for citizens and clergy to join together in prayer for the strength and prosperity of governments, schools, churches, and everyone in need of spiritual uplift.
All present at the proclamation signing hailed the dedication and hard work of former National Day of Prayer event organizer Marilyn Blackmon, now age 93, who has stepped down from her duties after nearly thirty years.
The theme for this year’s Day of Prayer is “For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us…Forgive Us…Heal Us!” and is inspired by the Bible passage Daniel 9:19.
Darlington Presbyterian Church is located at 311 Pearl Street. For more information on Darlington’s National Day of Prayer ceremony, call (843) 393-4851. To learn more about the event, visit www.NationalDayOfPrayer.org.