By Tyler Roush
For the Opelika
All of Opelika and Lee County is invited to the 68th National Day of Prayer event to be held at the Courthouse Square located in downtown Opelika.
The non-denominational prayer and worship event will begin at noon on May 2 and will last until 1 p.m. This year’s theme comes from John 13:34, which states “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.”
Bill White, an organizer for the event, said that the event is welcoming of all denominations and religious practitioners.
“They’ll be from all walks of life,” White said. “They’ll be from whole different churches.”
Opelika High Schools choral department, led by Jeremy Robinson, will feature music for the event that will coincide with proclamations by Opelika and Auburn mayors Gary Fuller and Ron Anders, respectively.
For White, the event brings everyone together.
“It has a feel to it, like the feeling of heaven, the body of Christ,” White said. “It’s just people who follow Jesus and love Jesus that gather… It truly is a body of Christ event.”
According to the event’s website, the event was created in 1952 and signed into law by then-President Harry Truman.
The event is expected to draw more than 100 to 200-plus people, White said, and all are invited to bring their families and food.
The event will be broadcast live on AM station Hallelujah 910.
In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved across the street to First Baptist Church.
Pictured right are photos from last year’s event, which drew hundreds of people.