A Solemn Assembly 2016

"Consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord.
Joel 1:14

A Solemn Assembly is an occasion for God's people to collectively repent and worship Him through prayer. The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in His body and in the culture.

Please join the Black Hills body of believers in prayer and repentance...

Friday, January 8, 2016
7:00pm - 8:15pm
First Assembly of God
4905 Highway 16, Rapid City


National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015

Our Rapid City, Black Hills National Day of Prayer event will be at Rapid City Christian School.
23757 Arena Drive (Heart Ranch)
7:00 pm till 8:30 pm
Several from the area will pray for the seven centers of Prayer designated by the National Day of Prayer Task Force.
Pastor and State Representitive Scott Craig will speak for a few moments.
Pastor Brent Parker will lead us in Worship
Come and join us as we gather to PRAY for our Nation and our Community

(Visit our Resource Page for a bulletin insert)
(For a map click below and go to "Contact Us" page)

National Day of Prayer at the State Capital

This year the Black Hills NDP Team will also sponsor the Capital event.
Thursday May 7, 2015
12:00 Noon

In the Capital Rotunda

Circut Riders Quartet will be sharing several Songs of Praise!


Who have you prayed for lately?

Through my study on revival, I have been moved to be on Dinosaur Hill a certain day of the week to pray for the community of Rapid City and the Black Hills. The first day there were 57 MPH winds. I took that as not only a challenge but encouragement to keep on going. I had a hard time standing still and actually took refuge under the big dude and hung onto a leg.

There have been opportunities to pray for families and individuals but until yesterday I had not approached anyone and asked them how I could pray for them. I just mostly prayed for them quietly. Fathers or mothers have shushed their children while moving past me as it was evident that I was praying. But I think for the most part I have gone unnoticed, and that is a good thing. I am not doing this for any notoriety, but simply to pray for a city and surrounding area that I  can see.

Yesterday, I sensed that I needed to approach a couple up there. I began a conversation and asked if I could pray. The man asked me what kind of prayers I prayed and when I told him that I prayed in Jesus name he seemed a little disappointed. I asked him if he had a particular need. He hung his head and said, "Your could pray for me to get sober." The Lord led me in a prayer for him and we were both tearing up when I finished. If you are reading this, will you join me in praying for Dewy? I asked Jesus to reveal Himself to Dewy and show him how much God loves him. I also asked Jesus to heal Dewy, mind, body and soul.

Will you join me in praying for revival in the Body of Christ in our community?


The Beginnings of Revival

Lately I have been studying  revival. Just about everywhere I look, the idea of personal repentance comes first. I do not think that should be taken lightly. 1 John :8 says, "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves." I believe along with David Butts, chair of the National Prayer Committee, that the church in America needs revival, so the sooner we Christians deal with our sin the better!

 Psalm 51 is a prayer of King David after he was exposed in his sins. First King David acknowledged his sin. The confession of sin is the beginning of personal revival. Sin is like spitting on God. Seriously! I mean that. He hates sin and it is against His personal purity. When we claim Jesus Christ as our Savior, there should be evidence of it. King David had a desire to be forgiven, and even more, he had a desire for cleansing. True repentance moves us from asking forgiveness to a desire to stay out of the sin. Psalm 51:10, "Create in me a pure heart, Oh God, and renew a steadfast spirit in me." As we move through the Psalm a sense not only of forgiveness is present but a new sense of Praise. Because forgiven people know how to Praise God! If you can Praise God for cleansing you of your sin, you are ready to move into praying for revival.

I encourage you today, tonight, whenever you read this to open your Bible to King David's Psalm 51 and begin the process of repentance, because our society needs to be Revived! The Body of Christ needs Revival.


2014 Monumental Hour of Prayer

The Black Hills Area National Day of Prayer Task Force is holding our third annual Monumental Hour of Prayer event again this year at the Mount Rushmore Amphitheater on Sunday, July 6th.

The event will begin with a musical presentation at 6:00 pm, followed by our guest speaker and time of prayer from 6:30 to 7:30 pm.

This year's guest speaker will be Roger Helle of Chattanooga TN Teen Challenge. Mr. Helle is a wounded war veteran and hero. The nightmares of Vietnam and survivors guilt tormented him every night for over four years. A significant event repaired Roger's and his wife Shirley's marriage in 1974. In 1989 Roger returned to Vietnam with "Vet's with a Mission", and has made numerous trips back into Vietnam. He will be here to tell the rest of the story Sunday evening July 6, 2014 at our Annual Monumental Hour of Prayer at Mt Rushmore. Join us again this year for a time of prayer for our great nation as we focus on Praying for our Military men and women and thier families.


Thanks for making Sharing Hope in Crisis a Great Success!

With a turn-out of 170 attendees, our Sharing Hope in Crisis workshop was a resounding success. Praise the Lord! Many of you have expressed interest in further training like this, so up next will be the Critical Incident Stress Management training.


Sharing Hope in Crisis
Billy Graham’s Rapid Response Training

The need:

Everyone knows someone with a crisis that has just happened or about to happen. How can the Body of Christ effectively help and share the Gospel of Christ?

It is agreed by many individuals and several organizations here in the Black Hills that we could use this training for the Body.

The solution:

May 4, 2013 From 8:30 am until 4:14 pm, Trainer and Director of the BGRRT, Jack Munday, will come to Rapid City to train the Body of Christ in the Black Hills and beyond the use of the tools which Billy Graham’s Rapid Response Team uses in crisis situations, world wide. These skills have been taught by BGRRT in 13 countries. And they have chosen the Black Hills as one of the few places they will share in the USA this year.

Saturday May 4, 2013 

Parkview E Free Church
333 Sandra Lane, Rapid City

Registration 8:00 am to 8:30am

Seminar: 8:30am to 4:15pm 

Fees prior to April 26, 2013: $40.00

Fees on or after April 26, 2013: $45.00

Fees include refreshments, catered lunch and all training materials.

Sponsored by: Black Hills Area NDP, Family Heritage Alliance, KSLT/KLMP/The POINT, Big Horn Canyon Community Church and a very special thank you to Parkview E Free Church for being a sponsor and host for the day. Lunch by Canyon Lake Chop House.

For more information see the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association website.

Two ways to Register...

    1. Mail your completed registration form with payment to:
          Priscilla Lindsay
          4684 Crooked Oaks Road
          Piedmont SD 57769

     2. or Register and pay online at Eventbrite.
 Eventbrite - Sharing Hope in Crisis Seminar   


2013 Solemn Assembly

Happy New Year to one and all as we seek God's blessings for the coming year. So, in keeping with a blessed start to 2013, please join us for the 2013 Black Hills Solemn Assembly...

A Solemn Assembly is an occasion for God's people to collectively worship Him, repent of personal and corporate sin, to remember His special blessings on them, and to anticipate future blessings. It is a time to confess, repent, and turn to the Lord in faithful love and obedience.

Brothers and Sisters - now is the time to call us to repentance
on behalf of ourselves, our churches, our nation, and our world.

Please join us as we seek our Lord and Savior in this crucial time in our nation's history.

Sunday, January 13, 2013
7:00 to 8:00 pm

First Christian Church
730 Quincy Street
Rapid City, SD


The Project

The first thing I ever sewed was an apron. It was my first 4H project and there was a certain pattern that we all had to make. Straight lines with a drawstring that goes around. We were to choose a fabric that we didn’t have to match. So a small print was the best, since a plain solid color would show mistakes. My mom took me into a local department store where we chose the fabric. I was 9 years old. I could have used my mom’s sewing machine but we were instructed to come to the school at a certain time on a certain day where my 4H leader would instruct me. Under her watchful eye I would learn and do it right. The day came and I was excited but nervous about the project. I was actually a little afraid of the machine itself. Mom’s machine was a treadle machine and I would be using an electric machine. Mom had let me use her machine a little when I was making some things for a doll.
I did everything the leader told me to do. She was a seasoned leader and was used to skittish little girls. I kept getting the stitching too small or too large. I tangled the thread on several occasions. I had a terrible time backstitching and I was just plain frustrated. I sewed all day on the darned thing. And did quite a lot of ripping. I still have that seam ripper someplace?? In the end the leader finally took my seat and actually finished the project, told me to clip the threads and iron it. I took the project home and was really sort of dejected over the whole thing. I told Mom that the leader really did most of the work. We took the apron to the fair and I left saying that I would NOT be in the Fahion Review where we all modeled our projects. Mom told me that the leader called and thought I would change my mind when I learned of the purple ribbon that I got on the project…..
I was not convinced that I got the purple ribbon and I wondered how many other girls actually earned theirs. I did the Fashion Review. I was scared to death. The lights were bright and I could not see the edge of the stage. I couldn’t see the people in the crowd so I could not see my mom and dad. All I could think about was that stupid purple ribbon, that I didn’t earn, hanging on the apron that I didn’t make.
I hung onto that purple ribbon for years, and I still have the apron. Through all those miles of moving and boxes, I retained the apron. Maybe I kept it to remind me to strive for perfection, Or maybe I kept it as a reminder that things are not always what they appear to be. Or maybe I kept it to remind me of a time in my life that I got something that I had not earned. Something I didn’t deserve.
Jesus paid the price. He did the work and we get the purple ribbon.


Monumental Hour of Prayer PSA

Here is the public service announcement for the Monumental Hour of Prayer event that is being broadcast by local stations:


Thank you, Linn  Productions!


Churches - Slide for Monumental Hour of Prayer

We have developed a slide in both PowerPoint and PDF format that you can download and use with your announcements to present the Monumental Hour of Prayer to your congregation.

Click here for the PowerPoint slide.

Click here for the PDF slide.


Interview with Col. Tom Greco Ret.

Scott from KLMP interviewed Col. Tom Greco, Ret. and it will air this week on KLMP 88.3
Monumental Hour of Prayer at Mt Rushmore, July 8th at 6:30 PM Honoring and praying for our men and women in the armed forces both past and present. An evening of Patriotism and Prayer



As I prayed this morning to have a heart like God's I was convicted of unforgiveness in my heart. Man, I just didn't want to go there. Tomorrow we will gather at Cedar Canyon Camp for the 2012 observance of the National Day of Prayer here in Rapid City. We will spend some time in personal repentance as well as repentance for the Nation. As I read God's Word and Prayed, I realized that I had some forgiving to do. I had given lip service to the idea of forgiveness, but I still hesitated to actually get it out of my mind. Those events and circumstances were always there in my memory and I was reluctant to reach out. So this morning I made a list! You read that right. I made a list of all the things that were still making me just a little fearful or a little angry when I thought about them. They have been a hindrance in my Prayer Life! So they are gone. I can no longer remember what they were. Really! I asked God to take them away and I promised not to think about them any more. I hope to see many Prayer Warriors tomorrow night at Cedar Canyon Camp at 7 pm.


The Dregs of Complacency

Have you thought lately about complacency? I have! What is it about us that gets so comfortable in our own skin? Wow,  I almost wrote sin. What do you think? Is complacency a sin? The Word of God has some things to say about that. Zephaniah 1:12 says that those who are complacent become like the "dregs of the wine". They "think that God is doing nothing either good or bad." When we become complacent we get stuck in our own thoughts and stew in our own juices, as my momma used to say. I think the number one result of that is that we stop talking to God. And even worse we stop listening to Him. I am not sure which comes first, the halting of prayer life or the complacency, but I know that they are related. And I know that it is a painful thing for the Father to be left out of our life. He has a desire to communicate with us. He has many thoughts to share with us, and he has many treasures to share with us. He knows what we need and as we get closer and closer to Him, he has all those needs in store before we ask. Because our heart and mind become more like His heart and mind the more we spend time with Him.

"Lord, keep the dregs out of my life. Give me a heart like yours, and pour me out from cup to cup so that the dregs of complacency do not gather."


Pray Without Ceasing

When I read, 1 Thesssalonians 5: 17, which reads, "pray without ceasing",  I was intimidated to say the least. From my childhood memeories of my mother praying at the bedside on her knees for seemingly hours, I thought, " I simply cannot obey that direction!" My model of a prayer warrior was my mom, and I would fall asleep at her side as she whispered her prayers to the Heavenly Father. Though I was determined to stay on my kness as long as she did, I failed over and over. Either I would get sore knees and crawl into the bed or I would fall asleep and she would pull me up into the bed. As I have grown in my prayer life, I realize that praying without ceasing meant to be in a conversation with God all day long. No matter what I am doing, I can quickly begin a conversation with My Heavenly Father, any time, any where. That makes me smile, because He is never too busy to direct His full attention in my direction. The problem areas are with me. I get full of myself. I get to thinking that I am pretty good at whatever I am doing and just keep plodding along on my merry way. In reality, I am pretty good at nothing. I need Him. I need Him every moment of every day. Pray without ceasing is a good way to live life.


A Book of Prayers for the Schools

In conjunction withe the Adopt-a-School program, Amy Wagner has put together a wonderful book of prayers for our schools. You can download this in PDF format from our Resources page.


Pray for Your City 40 Days to Easter

WayMakers has put together a great resource to pray for your community for 40 days leading up to Easter - February 22 to April 1. Check it out!


Adopt-a-School Presentation at FHA Luncheon

Amy Wagner will be interviewed about our Adopt-a-School program at today's Family Heritage Alliance luncheon. The luncheon is being held at the Bethel Assembly of God located at the corner of Anamosa and Maple in Rapid City. The luncheon will be from 11:45 am to 1:00 pm. This will be a great opportunity to get the word out in promoting Adopt-a-School.


Join Us at Solemn Assembly

A Solemn Assembly is an occasion for God's people to collectively worship Him through prayer. The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in His body and in the culture. Please join the Black Hills body of believers in prayer:

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
7:00 - 8:00 pm

Calvary Baptist Church
4601 Mount Rushmore Road
Rapid City, SD


Prayer for Our Armed Forces

We are planning an exciting event for the summer of 2012 to be held at Mount Rushmore. Historically, prayers of a nation have been a powerful force.

Unite in prayer for our servicemen and women at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Mount Rushmore National Memorial Amphitheater

National Day of Prayer - Thursday, May 3, 2012

One Nation Under God
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Check back for location.