The YMCA Highlights the National Day of Prayer


May, 2018


The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance that invites people of all faiths to pray for our nation.

It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, the law was unanimously amended and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan, on Thursday, May 5.

YMCA’s all over the country provided opportunities for their members, staff and the community at large to participate in National Day of Prayer events last week. Since the YMCA started as a prayer meeting, it seems only appropriate that we would actively promote this national effort. Here are some examples of what went on in Ys around the country.


“A Legacy of Unity” held at noon in downtown Nashville, honored the late Rev. Billy Graham’s impact on Nashville and the world. The informational flyer for the event said, “Together we are seeking to discover and live-out God given qualities of love and respect in our generation.” This annual gathering is co‐sponsored by the Operation Andrew Group and the YMCA of Middle Tennessee.

Chaplain Vona Wilson shares how the YMCA of Middle Tennessee celebrated the National Day of Prayer in 14 of their branches.


San Antonio Community Unites for a Morning of Prayer and Friendship
Local organizations partnered to provide the Fifth Annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast in San Antonio. Baptist Health Foundation, Trinity Baptist Church and the YMCA of Greater San Antonio invited the community to come together for a day of prayer, peace and reflection as they celebrated the National Day of Prayer during this annual breakfast.

San Antonio not only sponsored the breakfast, but several different types of prayer activities at almost all of their branches. Each branch decided what they would do to honor the National Day of Prayer. Contact Chaplain Nancy Abbott for more information about their events.


One of the exciting things about the National Day of Prayer is that you don’t have to be a big YMCA to participate. Many small to midsize YMCAs also held special events. The 26th Annual Kernsville Community Prayer Breakfast was coordinated by the Christian Emphasis Committee of the Kernsville YMCA. Featuring Wake Forest soccer coach, Bobby Muuss, this gathering brought folks from the community together for a time of music, prayer, scripture reading and informal fellowship around the table.

Bruce Boyer, retired CEO of the Kernsville YMCA, is still actively involved in leading this annual gathering. For more information write