By F. Patrick Parker, Jr.
The Observance of the National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the local City Halls beginning at 12 noon until 2 p.m., throughout Broward County.
This year Bishop Douglas Russell, Jr., has been selected to deliver the Community Prayer at the Commissioner’s Chambers, City of Fort Lauderdale, City Hall. He serves as the current Bishop of Mt. Sinai United Community Church, Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., former Bishop of Historic Royal Assembly Church of the Living God, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and presently as the Countywide elected Official for Broward Soil and Water Conservation District #4.
He is a native of Pompano Beach, Fla. and is the founder and president of Men of Destiny Community Outreach, Inc., and former vice-president of the Pompano Beach Chapter of the NAACP.
The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture. 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 the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Our Task Force is a privately funded organization whose purpose is to encourage participation on the National Day of Prayer. It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, to create appropriate materials, and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families.
The Task Force represents a Judeo Christian expression of the national observance, based on our understanding that this country was birthed in prayer and in reverence for the God of the Bible.