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National Day of Prayer set

National Day of Prayer is Thursday and several Charlotte County organizations will celebrate the occasion.

According to Michelle Matthews with Red Oak Excavating, the company will hold their annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast and program from 6-8 a.m. at Red Oak Excavating.

“The National Day of Prayer is a nationwide forum that promotes community prayer for our country,” said Matthews. “The Red Oak Community National Day of Prayer was started in 2010 and is still going strong today.”

She said the breakfast portion of the event will start at 6 a.m. and be catered by Four Oaks Restaurant of South Boston, followed by special music from Lynn Cooper. Prayer will start at 6:45 a.m. and feature several local pastors, educators, participants from area churches and civic organizations.

“This year’s theme is Unity revolving around Ephesians 4:3, “Making every effort to keep the Unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

A special message on our theme will be brought by Joe Don Cooper of Tungsten Baptist Church,” said Matthews.

According to the National Day of Prayer website, “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.”

Matthews said this will be the eighth year the event will be held at Red Oak Excavating. She said the significance of the day is important “because it allows individuals to bond together and lift up our great country in prayer. Unity in prayer is powerful and during these difficult times it is necessary.”

In addition to the event at Red Oak Excavating, Phenix Presbyterian Church will host a National Day of Prayer service at 7 p.m. Thursday.

“Like Thanksgiving or Christmas, this day has become a national observance placed on all Hallmark calendars and observed annually across the nation and in Washington, D.C.,” said information from the website. “Every year, local, state, and federal observances were held from sunrise in Maine to sunset in Hawaii, uniting Americans from all socio-economic, political and ethnic backgrounds in prayer for our nation.”