Wilson Park, located at 701 N. Summit St., will be the center of a special prayer service next week in Arkansas City.

The National Day of Prayer falls on May 3 and the Arkansas City Ministerial Alliance has planned a service that will be conducted by community leaders.

Some of them include Mayor Dan Jurkovich, Arkansas City High School boys basketball coach C.J. Jennings and Glen Davis.

The ceremony will take place at noon. The Ministerial Alliance will provide a hot dog lunch after the prayer service.

“We’re uplifting the name of Jesus Christ and calling out for God’s help with the community and our nation,” said Tim Smith, pastor of Blessing Heights Church and president of the Ministerial Alliance.

About National Day of Prayer

The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry Truman.

In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and Senate, and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer.

This amendment states: “The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer, on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.”

Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

This year will mark the 67th annual National Day of Prayer event.