Participants Young and Old Attend Prayer Ceremony in Adelanto


By Staff Reports

(Adelanto)—With close to 80 people in attendance, the City of Adelanto hosted its annual National Day of Prayer ceremony…and there was no shortage prayers for a variety of causes and concerns not just in Adelanto.

While gathered around the city’s flag poles in beautiful High Desert weather, attendees were welcomed by Pastor Dane Davis of First Christian Church, who read a proclamation from President Donald Trump and explained the history of how the National Day of Prayer came to be.

Dane explained that the National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.  In 1988, the law was unanimously amended by both the House and the Senate and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan on Thursday, May 5, 1988, designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer.

After welcoming remarks by Mayor Richard Kerr—who also presented a proclamation—12 different religious leader representing different denominations gave a special prayer for:

  • National & State Leaders
  • Local leaders—including the names of each High Desert Council member being read
  • Military
  • America’s Youth
  • Police & Fire Departments
  • Prison Inmates
  • Poor & Disadvantaged
  • Spiritual Awakening
  • America’s Churches
  • America’s Families
  • America’s Schools, and
  • America’s Businesses

The poignant part of the ceremony came when close to 10 youth released red, white and blue “prayer balloons” against the backdrop of crystal clear blue skies while the audience sang “God Bless America.

“We should all make it a practice to pray daily and not just asking for God’s help when things go bad,” said Mayor Kerr.  “We have so much to be thankful for, we should also pray to thank God for our many blessings.”

2018 marks the 23rd year that Adelanto has held a prayer service honoring this day.  The theme for 2018 is: “Pray for America – UNITY.”

For more information, contact Virginia Cervantes at: (442) 249-1124 ; or by email:

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