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Unity is theme for National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3

The public is invited to area observances May 3 for the National Day of Prayer. Local events are being sponsored by the Citywide Prayer Movement and include morning, noon, and evening events so the maximum number of people can attend.

This year’s theme is Pray for America: Unity, taken from Ephesians 4:3 that reads, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.”

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By Dwight Widaman, Editor

Pastor Gary Schmitz, executive director of the Citywide Prayer Movement KC says that we need to come together for prayer and he has a call for believers. “We are inviting believers at this critical time in our nation to mark their calendars and gather with hundreds of fellow believers in our city,” he said. “We are praying for a mighty outpouring of God’s Spirit on our city and nation.”

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

Dr. Ronnie Floyd is president of the National Day of Prayer organization. At a meeting of religious broadcasters, Floyd asked, “What is God saying to our country right now?’ What is His heart for this?

Floyd noted several signs of the times, including natural disasters, racial unrest, the worst mass murder in U.S. history, and “political division and polarization that spews with vitriol language that has divided this nation beyond anything that any of us have ever seen in our generation.”

“We have to admit this: America is broken. Division is undeniable. Racial tension is alarming. Lawlessness abounds. Reconciliation appears impossible. Government cannot fix it. Politics will not heal it. And the spirit of the age is ruling all over this nation,” Floyd said.

But he noted that, “the culture and its dark, hopeless condition is the perfect backdrop to call America to unity.”

“There is not one person that has lived in this nation today or the last 10 years that would ever say this country is united together. Enough is enough,” Floyd continued. “And what we need to do as the people of God is to get our own act together … so the nation has a shot of being together. Could it be that the nation is reflecting the condition of the Church, and the condition of our lives? And that we need to be the ones to make every effort?”

Floyd urged believers across the nation to do everything they can to call people in the U.S. to unite in public prayer.

“Unity: This is the heart of God for this nation,” he said.

The represents a Judeo-Christian expression of the understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.

Events are generally taking place in the morning, noon, or evening time frames. Regional NDP locations are listed below:


National Day of Prayer for the Kansas City and Topeka Regions:

Thursday – May 3, 2018


Missouri State Capitol

Jefferson City, MO

First Floor Rotunda

Noon – 2 PM

Master of Ceremonies Jill Noble


Colonial Presbyterian NDP

Colonial Presbyterian Church

9500 Wornall Road

Kansas City MO 64114

7 AM Continental Breakfast

7:30 – 9:15 AM Worship/Prayer

Pastor Gary Schmitz


Greater Kansas City NDP Locations:

Platte City NDP Breakfast & Prayer

Platte City United Methodist Church

14040 State Hwy N (South 4th St.)

Platte City, MO 64079

7:00 – 8:30 AM

Pastor Michael Lazio



Colonial Presbyterian NDP

Colonial Presbyterian Church

9500 Wornall Road

Kansas City MO 64114

7 AM Continental Breakfast

7:30 – 9:15 AM Worship/Prayer

Pastor Gary Schmitz



Leawood NDP

Leawood City Hall

4800 Town Center Drive

Leawood, KS 66221

Noon – 1 PM (will meet inside if rain)

Ms. Susie Barnes



Olathe NDP

Olathe Courthouse Gazebo

100 N. Kansas Ave.

Olathe, KS 66061

Noon – 1 PM

Pastor Mike Bickley



De Soto NDP

De Soto Community Center Gymnasium

De Soto, KS 66018

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Lee’s Summit NDP

Lee’s Summit City Hall

220 SE Green St.

Lee’s Summit, MO 64063

Noon – 1 PM

Pastor Fel Bagunu




City Union Mission Men’s Center Chapel

1108 E. 10th St.

Kansas City, MO 64106

12:55 to 2:05 PM

Dennis Ellis



North Kansas City NDP

Harmony Vineyard Church

600 NE 46th St.

Kansas City, MO 64116

7:00 – 8:30 PM

Pastor John Brown



New Covenant Ministries

532 S. Main St.

Independence, MO 64050

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Pastor Joe Nicola



Kansas City, KS NDP Prayer Luncheon

Haven Baptist Church

3430 Hutton Rd
Kansas City, KS 66109

12 Noon – 1:00 PM




National Day of Prayer Service

Wednesday Evening, May 2, 2018


Lee’s Summit NDP

Church on the Rock Outreach

1700 SW Market St.

Lee’s Summit, MO 64082

7:00 to 8:15 PM

Pastor Bill Virgin



Topeka/East Central Kansas Observances:

Kansas State Capitol Observance

SW 8th & SW Van Buren
Topeka, KS

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Dave DePue


Topeka National Day of Prayer

The Encounter Church (El Encuentro)

2054 SE California Ave
Topeka, KS 66607

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM


Manhattan, KS NDP

House of Prayer

328 Poyntz Ave
Manhattan, KS 66502

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Ottawa, KS Concert of Prayer

Cornerstone Church

Ottawa, KS

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Bequi Hicks


Wamego, KS  NDP Prayer Service

May 3, 6:30 pm

Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church

17535 Say Rd. (1/2 mi. north of Hwy 24 & Hwy 99 intersection)


For a location near you visit National Day of Prayer.

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