Smethport Observes National Day of Prayer

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The National Day of Prayer was recognized with a ceremony held on the steps of the McKean County court house on Thursday, May 6. Community and religious leaders noted the theme of this 59th Annual Observance, Prayer for Such a Time as This, based on Nahum 1:7, “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.”

Noting that he has experienced first hand the power of prayer, Mayor Ross Porter delivered this National Day of Prayer Proclamation on behalf of the Borough of Smethport:


WHEREAS, prayer has long been a positive force that unites our citizens of Smethport and serves as a source of inspiration and hope to countless individuals; and

WHEREAS, the National Day of Prayer will be observed on Thursday, May 6, 2010 with the theme “”Prayer for such a time as this.” and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper to observe a Day of Prayer in Smethport, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States of America in such a time as this, and that all citizens may acknowledge our blessings, express gratitude, and recognize the continuing need for strong positive values to guide our community, state and nation,

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ross Porter, Mayor of the Borough of Smethport, Pennsylvania, do hereby designate May 6, 2010 as


throughout the Borough of Smethport, which stands as an apt companion to our state motto, “With God All Things Are Possible.”

On this 6th day of May, 2010;

Ross Porter

Days of prayer have been called for since 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln called for such a day. Officially, the National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952 and was signed into law by President Truman. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer.