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National Day of Prayer in Tehachapi

National days of prayer have been declared all the way back to the times of the 13 colonies, by presidents George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman.

In 1988, President Ronald Reagan made it law that the first Thursday in May would always be the National Day of Prayer. This year it will fall on Thursday, May 2. In light of the turmoil and the danger that our country is facing, asking God’s help seems like a great idea!

In Tehachapi, there will be two main events on May 2. There will be a Prayer Rally in front of City Hall from noon to 1 p.m. We will sing a few songs, and Chris Sparling, associate pastor at Tehachapi Church of the Nazarene, will bring a short message. The focus of the meeting will be on actual prayers for our nation. Local pastors and others will lead us in prayers targeting seven key areas: our government, our educational system, our businesses, our military, our media, our churches and our families.

At 7 p.m., we will have an All-City Church Service, hosted this year by Mountain Bible Church, located at 630 Maple St. (enter from Mountain View). Brian Drucker, Tehachapi area coordinator for National Day of Prayer, will bring the message and the MBC praise team will lead worship. Again, local pastors and others will lead us in prayers for the nation and for our community.

These gatherings bring together people of faith from many different churches and denominations. It is a wonderful time, not only to ask God to help our nation, but also to come together with people from other churches and experience a real unity of purpose. Though these gatherings are primarily Christian in nature, people of all faiths are encouraged to seek God’s help on this special day.

Please mark Thursday, May 2, in your phone or on your calendar … and come pray with us.