A Mighty Fortress is our God” is the theme of the National Day of Prayer slated for noon Thursday, May 5, at the historic Ellis County Courthouse. 

A special program will be presented by the Red Oak High School Choir, under the direction of Mechelle Foster and the Silver Serenaders, directed by Chett Haynes and Jim Palmer.

“If there’s a rainout, the service will be held at Farley Street Baptist Church and will be scheduled for the same time slot,” said Judy Nelson, National Day of Prayer coordinator for Waxahachie.

The service will be held on the courthouse lawn, with the welcome to be given by Ellis County Commissioner Pct. 3 Heath Sims. A lineup of local church and business leaders will lead the congregation in various prayers. 

Sims will offer a prayer on behalf of government; Dean Kilmer, minister at Brown Street Church of Christ, will pray for the U.S. military; Carol Roberts of Ferris Heights United Methodist Church will pray for the media; Marcus Payne from First United Methodist Church will pray for education; Michael Brown, CEO of SkillsNET Inc. and member of Farley Street Baptist Church, will offer a prayer on behalf of business; Josh Morgan from Connect4Life Church will pray for the church; and Doug Sullivan of Connect4Life Church will pray for the family.

The two choirs will perform “God Bless America” and a closing prayer will be led by Sims.