Former Zephyrhills mayor and current state House candidate Danny Burgess will lead National Day of Prayer activities in his town as part of several events taking place locally on May 1.
Burgess will open the Zephyrhills ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. with a prayer for the city as well as the state from Zephyrhills City Hall, 5335 Eighth St. The theme is “One Voice United in Prayer, based on the Bible verse from Romans 15:6: “So that with one mind and one voice, you may Florida the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Burgess is followed by the Rev. Robert McKinney of Westside Baptist Church will speak on the needs of the nation, and pray for national and local leaders. The Rev. Shelton Wood, president of Georgetown Wesleyan University of the Americas, will pray for the military. Pastor Mike Holm of Calvary Chapel of Tampa in Lutz will pray for the family, while Pastor Thomas Marino of Community Harvest Church, will speak on the condition of the church, and ask God for unity among Christians.
Alyse Merritt of Tendershoot Films will pray for Israel, and the Adventist Bell Choir will perform patriotic music under the direction of Stephen Herr.
Heritage Church, 1854 Oak Grove Blvd., in Lutz, will pray for the nation, church and personal needs beginning 9:30 a.m. Generations Christian Church, 1540 Little Road in Trinity, will host a self-guided event complete with soft music, slides and prayer guides from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The National Day of Prayer is held the first Thursday of May each year, open to people of all faiths. It was first signed into law in 1952 by President Harry S. Truman.
For information, visit NationalDayOfPrayer.org.