Event to honor George Washington's faith: Ceremony, created by an ETexas pastor, on Wednesday

Published on Friday, 2 May 2014 23:21 - Written by From Staff Reports

A Washington D.C. event created by an East Texas pastor will be broadcast on Daystar Television Network this coming Wednesday.

Pastor Dan Cummins announced that the May 7 Statuary Hall event “Washington: A Man of Prayer 2014” is “set to make religious broadcasting history from the nation’s Capitol,” according to the written release.

The ceremony honoring the 225th inaugural anniversary of President George Washington will be broadcast globally as members of Congress and national Christian leaders gather to honor the first president of the United States as a man of the Christian faith.

“Though the event is exclusively for members of Congress, churches around the world will be able to join the celebration that Wednesday evening during their midweek services via global webcast made possible by World Net Daily and the Christian Broadcasting Network,” according to the written release.

Churches are encouraged to register online to host the historic webcast during their midweek services at washingtonamanofprayer.com.

“This is a historic first,” Cummins said in the written release. “This celebration is not coming from the steps of the Capitol or from the National Mall, but from inside the Capitol’s most sacred room, Statuary Hall.”

Speaker of the House John Boehner initially gave Cummins, pastor of Bridlewood Church in Bullard, access to Statuary Hall in May 2012 — the first time a private citizen has been granted use of the Great Hall to conduct a service of this type in more than 120 years, according to the release.

“‘Washington: A Man of Prayer 2014’ commemorates the events of April 30, 1789, when after being sworn in at Federal Hall, President Washington, along with Congress, proceeded to St. Paul’s Chapel where a prayer of dedication to God on America’s behalf was offered,” Cummins said. “On April 30, 1789, the world saw more than just the inauguration of the president of a new nation; it witnessed a watershed moment in world history: the birth of the American republic and a functioning Constitution.”

This year’s bipartisan event will be congressionally hosted by Rep. Michele Bachmann and emceed by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Participants include both chaplains of the House and Senate, Fr. Patrick Conroy and the Rev. Barry Black.

Members of Congress will offer prayers on behalf of the nation, the president and his Cabinet, the Supreme Court and its justices, and members of Congress. Churches will be able to participate.

Other members attending include Sens. Ted Cruz, Ron Johnson, Tim Scott, Rand Paul and Mike Lee. From the House, Reps. Mike McIntyre, Louie Gohmert, Kristi Noem, Corrine Brown, Tim Huelskamp, Steve King, Jeff Miller, Diane Black, Steve Womack, Chris Stewart, Steve Stockman and others will be in attendance. As a bipartisan event, invitations have been sent to all 535 members of the 113th Congress.

Cummins urges everyone to invite their senators and representative to attend the event by using the convenient invitation form provided on the event website.

National Christian leaders participating include the program director for the event, Dr. Jim Garlow, as well as Bishop Harry Jackson Jr., Robert Jeffress, Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Penny Nance, Bill Federer, Bishop Angel Nunez, Rosemary Schindler Garlow, Charmaine Yoest, Sergio De La Mora, Tony Perkins, Samuel Rodriguez and Rafael Cruz.

Churches hosting the free webcast should register online where downloadable promotional materials are available. Also, free school curriculum (K-12) pertaining to the historical events surrounding the inauguration of President George Washington has been provided by the Brook Hill School of Bullard.