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Posted: Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:57 am, Sat Apr 28, 2012.

The community is invited to participate in Lodi's observance of the National Day of Prayer on Thursday.

This year's theme, "One Nation Under God," is based on Psalm 33:12, which states that "blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord," said Chris Townsend, lead pastor of Emanuel Lutheran Church and president of the Ministerial Association of Greater Lodi.

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5 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:31 pm on Sun, Apr 29, 2012.

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    Ann Winters posted at 11:20 am on Sat, Apr 28, 2012... Why be wary of something that is meant only for the good of our country? Why not attend the event, and if nothing else, celebrate goodness..

    Excellent post Ann! I can attest that anyone can attend these events and feel welcome if they are open to the experience. I personally do not attend church or practice a particular religion. However, I can attend ceremonies and events in Mosques in Malaysia, Buddhist temples in Thailand and India or go to any type of religious event of any Christian church. I enjoy and appreciate the people gathered together with intent to participate in something constructive and of “goodness” as you stated.
    I may not agree with everything done, but I so much appreciate being around constructive positive people who enthusiastically, with love, embrace the good side of humanity.

     
  • Andy Crowder posted at 3:53 pm on Sat, Apr 28, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    You seem like a kind and caring person, Ann. My question is a serious one. I understand that the public is invited, but is it an invitation to attend public Christian prayers? I don't imagine people who practice other faiths would feel welcome attending this event unless there are speakers of many religions. And in that case, the theme certainly presents a conundrum. One Nation Under which God? I am sure that someone connected to the event or Ross Farrow could fill in the missing information.

     
  • Ann Winters posted at 11:20 am on Sat, Apr 28, 2012.

    Ann Posts: 27

    Andy,

    The article clearly states that the "community" is invited, and does not state that the event is restricted to any one faith or belief system. Why be wary of something that is meant only for the good of our country? Why not attend the event, and if nothing else, celebrate goodness.

     
  • Andy Crowder posted at 7:14 am on Sat, Apr 28, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    Do only Christians participate in this event or are other faith traditions joining in? Are all praying for one nation under their respective competing gods?

     
  • Andy Crowder posted at 7:07 am on Sat, Apr 28, 2012.

    Andy Crowder Posts: 245

    The theme "One Nation Under God" suggests that participants will be praying for a Christian theocracy. That's counter to the constitution. What exactly does one pray for with such a theme while still supporting freedom of religion and our secular constitution?

     

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