Converse hosts National Day of Prayer event Thursday

Expectations are high that the near-end of the pandemic and the ever-present need for prayer will bring out the masses Thursday, when the ninth annual Converse National Day of Prayer convenes.

In conjunction with the 71st National Day of Prayer, the Converse faithful will gather at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at Converse North Park, 8200 Spring Town St., to share words of prayer under the national theme “Exalt the Lord who has established us,” based on Col. 2:6-7.

“It’s exciting to be part of almost 50,000 prayer events happening across our nation,” said event organizer Robert Altemus, president of Church On The Rise International of Converse. “We are expecting to have our largest participation yet.”

The lineup of guest speakers and prayer leaders includes Converse Mayor Al Suarez, who will deliver the official National Prayer for America, which will be recited at all participating cities and functions.

Judson ISD Superintendent Jeanette Ball will deliver the prayer for education. Kellie Warrell, ret. major, chaplain for American Legion Post 593, will say a prayer for government, military, first responders and frontline medical workers. Sonya Cantu, of Savior Properties, will offer the prayer for businesses.

Others include Pastor Donnie West, West Heart Ministries, praying for churches; Pastor J.D. Kyle, New Dimensions Ministries, leading a prayer for families; Judson High School student Aaron Anderson, from Maranatha Bible Church, praying over media, arts and entertainment; and Sis. Barbara Guzman, Ministerio Pacto de Amor, who will offer a prayer in Spanish.

Also participating will be the Judson High School JROTC Color Guard, U.S. Army Reserve Col. Princess Atunrase, who will sing the National Anthem, and words and songs of praise from Lewis Hooker, instrumental music director for Oakwood Baptist Church in New Braunfels.

“There is an energy in the city and among the pastors to unite this year to ‘Exalt the Lord, who has established us,’” Altemus said, of the theme and the local effort.

After holding a virtual prayer effort in 2020, the Converse National Day of Prayer returned to the public last year, adhering to all of the pandemic safety guidelines in place at the time. It was also the first year the gathering had moved to Converse North Park, which offered a larger and more spacious site for the event.

“Last year was the first year to move to the North Park, and it was very well received. We got lots of positive feedback on the location there,” said Altemus, who will emcee the event and offer opening comments.

The Day of Prayer theme comes from the book of Colossians, second chapter, verses 6 and 7: “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”

Altemus extended an invitation to all Metrocom area residents to attend and share in the prayer.

jflinn@express-news.net.

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