In honor of the 61st annual National Day of Prayer, Monett will host a prayer breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Monett South Park Casino. The event is sponsored by the Monett Chamber of Commerce and the Monett Ministerial Association. The complimentary breakfast will be served by Monett Kiwanis Club.
This year's featured speaker will be Gary Shaw, a member of the Joplin City Council. Shaw will speak about the city's positive response to the May 20011 tornado and the importance of prayer.
Noel George, chairman for the event, will provide special music.
This year's theme, "One Nation Under God," is based on Psalm 33:12, "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."
In 1775, the Continental Congress allocated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. On April 17, 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill proclaiming the National Day of Prayer into law in the United States. President Ronald Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as the National Day of Prayer.
The National Prayer Committee was formed in the United States in 1972. It went on to create the National Day of Prayer Task Force, with the intended purpose of coordinating events for the National Day of Prayer.
According to the Legal Information Institute, the president shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as the National Day of Prayer when people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals.
To make a reservation for the Monett prayer breakfast, call 235-7919, fax 235-4076 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.