Realizing that the community, state and nation is in need of prayers, each year the Sunnyside clergy and others gather to celebrate a "Day of Prayer."
The Sunnyside Ministerial Association is inviting Christians to join in a National Day of Prayer event to be held Thursday, May 5, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at the Sunnyside Centennial Square gazebo.
The pastors group invites community leaders to join them, as well as church members, for 30 minutes of prayer on May 5, said Rev. Ron Jetter of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church.
"We believe God wants us to pray for all things, including our community and the leaders in our civic government and schools, those who serve our city as public employees in city hall, or as police and fire personnel, or those who build and maintain our city's infrastructure," Jetter explained.
"It is our desire that God give them strength, wisdom and moral courage to accomplish their duties," he explained.
"We believe God wants us to pray for our state, for the leaders in government and those who serve in the public realm overseeing care for our environment and water, care of our children and schools, care of our poor and unemployed, our justice system, transportation and all the other duties performed by those who work for our state," he added.
Jetter said the pastors and those who attend the National Day of Prayer event will pray for those who guide and advocate for a strong agriculture industry, that God may give them strength, wisdom and moral courage to accomplish their duties.
"We believe God wants us to pray for our nation, for those who lead and work in our government; for our president and those who serve in the executive branch; for our senators and representatives and all who serve in the legislative branch; for our Supreme Court justices and those who serve in the judicial branch, that God may give them strength, wisdom and moral courage to accomplish their duties," Jetter added.