WILLIAMSBURG — A celebration honoring the National Day of Prayer is scheduled for May 4 at Williamsburg’s City Square Park.
From 6:30-7:30 p.m., the community is invited to join area religious leaders as they come together to pray on a variety of topics, including family, church, business, education, military, government, arts, media, and entertainment.
The National Day of Prayer was first observed in 1952 when President Harry Truman proclaimed that a day of prayer needed to be observed. The first day of prayer was held on July 4, but has since moved to the first Thursday in the month of May.
Pastor Tom Hallman of Williamsburg Calvary Church is one of the pastors that is slated to speak. According to Hallman, the event is mainly being held to bring the Williamsburg faith community together.
“We really think it’s so important to pray for our nation and for the things around the world that affect our nation at this time,” Hallman said. “There are so many things happening in this country that we just need to turn to prayer.”
Hallman hopes that the hour-long service gives people hope in all areas of their lives. There will be worship songs, multiple prayers, and a chance for fellowship.
City Square Park, between the Williamsburg Library and The Stryker Center, will be open for lawn chairs and blankets on the evening of the event. Anyone can attend and the event is free.
“We want to just bring everyone to prayer. Whether you are from Toano, Lightfoot, or Williamsburg, we just want to bring everyone together through prayer. We can all agree on praying for our nation,” Hallman said.