EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Thursday is the National Day of Prayer and some in Evansville gathered at Trinity United Methodist Church for a service.
The group was supposed to meet at the Four Freedoms Monument in downtown Evansville, but rain forced the event to be moved inside.
The Day of Prayer has been observed every year on the first Thursday of May since 1952.
The theme for this year’s event is “Love one Another.”
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) ‘Love one Another’ is the theme for Evansville’s Interfaith Observance, National Day of Prayer
The celebration for the National Day of Prayer will take place at noon on Thursday at the Four Freedoms Monument in downtown Evansville.
The theme for the 2019 National Day of Prayer is “Love One Another.”
Bishop Joseph M. Siegel and representatives from a number of faith traditions will offer short prayers during this observance of the 68th National Day of Prayer.
Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will read a proclamation from the City of Evansville, and participants will offer prayers, each in their own faith tradition.
Students from Mater Dei High School will sing the Star Spangled Banner, and other songs to open and close the observance.
Evansville has hosted this interfaith observance for decades.
A list of participants includes:
- Evansville Police Officer Philip Smith and Evansville Fire Department Chaplain Ray Brown, representing all men and women in uniform and all first responders
- Abraham Brown of Holy Name Church in Henderson, Ky., representing the Latino community
- Rev. Brian Buschkill of St. Peter’s Church of Christ in Evansville
- Rev. Dr. Todd A. Gile of Trinity United Methodist Church in Evansville
- Dr. Mohammad Hussain of the Evansville Islamic Society
- Rev. Ryongwan Karuna of the Mindful Heart Buddha Sangha in Evansville
- Rabbi Gary Mazo of Temple Adath b’Nai Israel in Evansville
- Rev. Surendra Mishra of the Tri-State Hindu Society in Evansville
- Mr. Chad Monroe of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Evansville
- Mr. Tom Moor of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Evansville
- Rev. Veltri Taylor of First Ebenezer Baptist Church, Evansville
In the event of inclement weather, the observance will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church at 216 SE 3rd Street in Evansville.
You can find more information on the National Day of Prayer by clicking here.
(This story was originally published on May 2, 2019)