23rd Annual National Day of Prayer

By on May 17, 2018

The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May. This day was established by the United States Congress, and asks all Americans to pray for their country. A law formalizing the annual observance was prompted by the late Reverend Billy Graham and enacted in 1952. May 3, 2018 was the 67th year the country has formally observed this day of prayer.

For the past 23 years the town of Greece, with the pastoral leadership of Pastor Patrick Medeiros from Greece Assembly of God, has been holding a community service to observe the National Day of Prayer. In 1995 Pastor Pat initiated the first service that took place in Greece.

This year the event was held at the Greece Town Hall in the Eastman Room. The community service was well attended with standing room only. Pastors from Greece churches participated in the prayer service.  Churches in attendance were First Bible Baptist, Lakeshore Community, Calvary Chapel, Journey Christian Church, Hope Lutheran, Fathers House, New Way Christian Center, Morning Star Christian Fellowship and Greece Assembly of God.

Town officials were present including Town Supervisor Bill Reilich, Councilman Mike Barry and several Greece Judges. There were special music performances by Northstar Christian Academy’s music department and the Music Ministry from Greece Assembly. A special prayer emphasis was offered to those being affected by the opioid crisis.

Pastor Pat expressed gratitude for the pastors that served and participated in this community prayer service, he said, “The importance of prayer and spirituality is our country’s biggest need. Coming together united as a town in prayer helps make us stronger together.”