For the 17th year, residents will gather at the Bulloch County Courthouse on Thursday for the National Day of Prayer.
According to Public Law 105-225, "The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals."
The 2018 National Day of Prayer will be held Thursday with the theme "Pray for America - Unity." This is the 67th year of observation, said Ed Neubert, pastor of Cornerstone Church in Statesboro and coordinator of the local event.
With a prayer gathering at noon on the courthouse lawn, Neubert said the event has become increasingly popular with each passing year.
Pastor John Waters of First Baptist Church, along with other local spiritual leaders, are slated to speak, he said.
Joe Sconyers, worship pastor at Believers Church, will provide music, and a small group prayer will be held afterward, he said. The gathering will end with the group singing "God Bless America."
The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. The law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.
The event is free and open to the public.