"Making Every Effort
To Keep The Unity of the Spirit
Through the Bond of Peace"
Ephesians 4:3
The National Day of Prayer - Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

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Thursday, May 3rd will be the 67th Annual Observance of the National Day of Prayer. The people of Glynn County will gather together for this non-denominational observance and seek God's mercy and guidance for our nation. We look forward to praying together for our city, county, state, nation and the world. We will have members of our local government, military, clergy, and families and children participating. The Glynn County National Day of Prayer will be hosted this year at First Baptist Brunswick Church from noon until 1:00 p.m.


Most people who live in the United States would agree that as a nation we have been blessed. However, those who are over the age of 30 remember when our culture was far less divided, was far more civil, and was far more respectful of the role Christianity played in our nation. No one questioned the right of religious liberty for Christian people and their organizations. The First Amendment was honored. Now, we live in times when our First Amendment rights are being attacked, and our country is on a slippery slope of moral decay and political unrest. But God in His great mercy, can still intervene. When we align ourselves with His will, we can come boldly before His throne and expect that He will do more than we can imagine (Romans 12:2; Hebrews 4:16; Ephesians 3:20). It’s time for the Christians of coastal Georgia to unite in prayer.
Our prayers should ultimately lead us to know God better, to experience the fullness of relationship with Him.
As the Apostle Paul wrote: “[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death (Amplifed Bible).(Philippians 3:10)
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Our Dear Heavenly Father, while we come to You in complete humility, we also come to You with boldness in the authoritative name of Your One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. In Jesus’ name, fill us now with Your Holy Spirit and lead us as we pray in Jesus’ name for America.

Oh God, we are burdened for our nation today. We turn from the sins that we have committed against your Word and your Name. We turn away from our contentious words and ways toward one other that have led us to division and polarization. We turn away from our disrespect and lack of dignity toward each other, and we turn away from our continual devaluation of all human life from the womb until death in this world. We also turn away from, and refuse to, participate in skepticism, criticism, and cynicism in our nation. We turn
away from anything that divides us, and we run toward the gospel of Jesus Christ that is the only thing that has the power to unite us together.

Lord, in this critical hour in our nation, we pray for unity in America. Only You can bring unity, harmony, and oneness in America. As your Word calls us in Ephesians 4:3, “Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace,” we ask You to empower us to make every effort to live in unity, to call for unity, and to forward unity in America continually.

We pray for the churches in America to unify in Jesus Christ and to pray as one unified spiritual family for America. May Your Church pray for America passionately, perpetually,privately, and publicly.

We pray for God’s power to unify families, workplaces, communities, and cities in America. By Your Spirit, lead us to forgiveness, reconciliation, healing, and unity.

We pray for people of all ethnicities and races in America to come together as one, living in peace and unity together. Oh Lord, because each of us is created in Your image, please give us the courage to stand against all racial and ethnic division, denouncing it as evil and sinful, while simultaneously coming together in unity with all persons knowing this is God’s will for us.

We agree clearly, unite visibly, and pray extraordinarily for the next Great Spiritual Awakening in America. Oh Lord, wake up Your church spiritually and convict Your people to agree clearly, unite visibly, and pray extraordinarily until the next Great Spiritual Awakening occurs in our generation.

Oh God, we stand together upon Your words in Psalm 133:1, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony.” Through Jesus’ name and by the Holy Spirit’s power, we pray for all Americans to unify and to live together in unity. In the mighty and majestic name of Jesus Christ who is the Only Savior and the Only Hope in this world, we pray. Amen.

Dr. Ronnie Floyd
President, National Day of Prayer Task Force
Senior Pastor, Cross Church
Brief History

The National Day of Prayer honors the religious heritage of our nation. In 1774, the first Continental Congress spent many hours in prayer and asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in those tumultuous days when it was yet uncertain what course of action our Founders would take regarding independence.

President John Adams chose April 25th "be observed throughout the United States of America as day of solemn humiliation, fasting, and prayer." President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of "humiliation, fasting, and prayer" in 1863 during the Civil War. President Harry Truman signed a joint resolution by Congress in 1952 that recognized an annual National Day of Prayer (Public Law 82-324). In 1988, President Ronald Reagan amended the law and permanently set the first Thursday of May as the National Day of Prayer (Public Law 100-307),
Glynn County National Day of Prayer

WHEN
Thursday, May 3, 2017
Noon until 1:00 p.m.

WHERE
First Baptist Church Brunswick
708 Mansfield Street
(downtown)

PROGRAM

Prelude
Rev. Mike Murray and Lori Nichols

Hand Bell Choir
Heritage Christian Academy

Welcome
Rev. Chris Winford, First Baptist Brunswick

Marine Corps JROTC Color Guard
Glynn Academy

National Anthem
County Choir from Local Churches
First Baptist Brunswick Choir led by Mark Clay
St. Simons Presbyterian Choir led by Rhonda Hambright
Frederica Baptist Choir led by Paul Reed
St. Simons United Methodist Choir led by Kevin Lamb


Pledge of Allegiance
Senior Class, Brunswick Christian Academy

The Lord's Prayer
Rev. Wright Culpepper, The Sparrows Nest

Prayer and Blessing
Rev. Bill Ligon, Christian Renewal Brunswick

Proclamation
Mayor Cornell Harvey, City of Brunswick

Prayer of Repentance
Rev. Robert Galasso

Song of Praise
County Choir from Local Churches
First Baptist Brunswick Choir led by Mark Clay
St. Simons Presbyterian Choir led by Rhonda Hambright
Frederica Baptist Choir led by Paul Reed
St. Simons United Methodist Choir led by Kevin Lamb


Prayer for the Family and the Church
Pastor Lucas Rameriz, The Gathering Place

Prayer for Media and Business
Rev. Paul McKenzie, Bethel Evangel

Song of Worship
Rev. Mike Murray and Lori Nichols

Prayer for Education and Children
Senator William Ligon, Third Senate District

Appreciation and Closing Prayer
Rev. Steve Temmer, Centered for Life


Appreciation to Coordinators
Rev. Steve Temmer, Rev. Bill Ligon, Rev. Chris Winford, Mark Clay, Mary Stager, Sally Schiwitz,
and Laura Morrison
LINKS FOR RESOURCES

NationalDayofPrayer.org

Georgia Task Force videos
TO PRAY FOR OUR NATION
Prayer for the Nation