The National Day of Prayer is commemorated annually on the first Thursday in May, with the first federal call dating back to 1775 . A city-wide downtown gathering is co-sponsored by the Operation Andrew Group and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, strong community partners since 2003.
This year 12 prayer groups were formed around the city, and over 30 ministries, churches, and organizations partnered together for Christ across denominational, gender, cultural, ethnic, and generational lines.
OAG and the YMCA work together to invite Nashville leadership who actively live-out cross-sector diversity. Official greetings from the State of Tennessee and the Nashville Mayor's office open the public gathering. The singing of The Star Spangled Banner, and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance lead into a corporate prayer time. Centering on the theme "His Great Name" (cf., Dan 9:19), and identifying with "your city" began the focus for 2017. A commitment to grow the awareness of prayer by expanding into city zones of North, South, East and West is making an impact. Encouraging direct connections among neighbors and co-workers unifies, increases good and strengthens our city for the work ahead. (Neh 2:18)
View the 2017 "Building Prayer - All Around Town" photos and videos below:
Fitzpenn Photography, Nelsonwerks