Jack County Judge Mitchell Davenport recently signed a proclamation declaring May 2 as National Day of Prayer in Jacksboro. It will be held from noon - 12:30 p.m. at the Main Street Bistro Courtyard.
Bryson City Mayor Sheila Birdwell has also declared a National Day of Prayer in Bryson from noon - 12:30 p.m. at the City Park on the same day.
Perrin Community will meet at the Perrin VFD parking lot at the same time, May 2.
The proclamation states that the Continental Congress asked the colonies
to join in prayer in 1775, seeking wisdom as they faced the responsibility and opportunity to build a new nation. Thirty years later, President John Adams declared a “day of solemn humiliation, fasting and prayer,” asking all faiths to pray for America’s protection from danger.
When Civil War tore through our young country, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of national fasting and prayer, saying, “it behooves us... to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray to the God who made us.”
In the proclamation, it stated the days were made official in Congress in 1952 when President Harry Truman established an annual floating Day of Prayer. Then in 1988, President Ronald Reagan amended the law to set the date as the first Thursday in May.
Jack County will celebrate this 62nd annual Day of Prayer in the respective parts of the county.
This year’s theme is “Pray for America” and is based on Matthew 12:21, which reminds us that “In His name the nations will put their hope.

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