Observe National Day of Prayer May 3 in Lititz Springs Park

By on April 25, 2018

The Lancaster County observance of National Day of Prayer will be held May 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the bandshell at Lititz Springs Park.

Food vendors will be on-site starting at 4 p.m.

The event features prayer leader Beau Eckert of Calvary Church, worship with local leaders, One A-Chord, a 130-voice choir; and keynote prayer speaker Walk in the Word host James MacDonald. An offering will be received.

More information can be found here.

Songwriter Doug Plank performs during the National Day of Prayer event at Lititz Springs Park on Thursday, May 4, 2017.


Spectators take to worship during the National Day of Prayer event at Lititz Springs Park on Thursday, May 4, 2017. (LNP file photos)



National Day of Prayer Youth Edition set for May 2

By Rochelle A. Shenk

Lancaster County National Day of Prayer Youth Edition will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 2 at WJTL’s Landis Hall, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim.

Jose Jimenez, one of the organizers of the event and director of Lancaster’s Teen Haven (the Water Street Mission’s program for high school and middle school youth), said the youth event has been held for about a decade. This will be the second year it’s held at Junction Center’s Landis Hall, and it’s part of events that will be held throughout the county on May 2 and 3 to mark the National Day of Prayer.

“Landis Hall is a great place to hold the youth event,” said Jimenez. “It’s a large, indoor facility. Youth groups, teens and their parents come from throughout the county for this event.”

Last year, it was attended by 450 people, and this year he’s anticipating an attendance of 600.

Last year, 450 young people attended Lancaster County’s National Day of Prayer Youth Edition at WJTL’s Landis Hall in Manheim.

“We come together to worship, pray and join together in unity,” Jimenez said. “In light of the school violence earlier this year that sparked student rallies against gun violence, it’s even more important for teens to join together.”

Perhaps the hashtag for the event (#pray4unity) and the youth event poster’s words &tstr; “Making every effort to keep the unity of spirit through the bond of peace” Ephesians 4:3 &tstr; capture the spirit of the event and what organizers are hoping is the take-away for teens.

Jimenez said as students enter Landis Hall, they will be given a wristband containing a number. The number corresponds to a small group where students will worship and discuss humility.

“They’ll be sent off with some challenges, including praying for one another and being more empathetic to other students in their schools,” he said. “Everyone is hurting in some way, even if it’s not readily apparent.”

For more information about Lancaster County National Day of Prayer Youth Edition, visit lancasterndp.com/youth. Details of National Day of Prayer events being held throughout the county including the celebration or prayer and worship at Lititz Springs Park from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, May 3 are also available on the website.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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