Monday, April 30, 2018

By act of the U.S. Congress: Every year since 1952, on the first Thursday in May, is National Day of Prayer.


This Thursday, May 3rd in the City of Lake Worth, will be the National Day of Prayer interfaith gathering, one of the annual highlights of the Lake Worth Interfaith Network (LWIN). This year Mayor Pam Triolo will host this event at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center conveniently located at 2000 North ‘D’ St. beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The National Day of Prayer is:


[I]s an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress [36 U.S.C. § 119], when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation”. Each year since its inception, the president has signed a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day.

More information about this event from LWIN:

Representatives for various synagogues, churches, mosques, temples will speak to the meaning of prayer in each of their faith traditions, offering prayer and uplifting music. Please plan on arriving a few minutes early [prior to 10:30] so that we may start on time.
     The program will last about one hour followed by a luncheon courtesy of LWIN. The luncheon will feature an opportunity to build interfaith friendships as well as to discuss the content of the program. Discussion questions will be provided.

While on the topic of the LWIN. . .

The Interfaith Prayer Book was compiled by Lake Worth resident Ted Brownstein. The quote below is from the expanded 2nd edition, 2014, page 31 by Siddur Avodas HaLev titled, “A Jewish View of Prayer”:

“Prayer: Its Hebrew name is, tefillah, a word that gives us an insight into the Torah’s concept of prayer. The root of tefillah means to judge, to differentiate, to clarify, to decide. In life, we constantly sort out evidence from rumor, valid options from wild speculations, fact from fancy. Thus, prayer is the soul’s yearning to define what truly matters and to ignore the trivialities that often masquerade as essential.”


To read the “Hymn of the Good Samaritan” in the Interfaith Prayer Book (p. 69) click on this link.
The first quatrain:

“From every race and land,
The victim of our day,
Abused and hurt by human hands,
Are wounded on life’s way.”