People in cities across the country will stop to pray Psalm 33:22 on Thursday, the verse for the 58th National Day of Prayer.
Communitywide events are planned in Augusta, North Augusta and Aiken, and several churches also will hold services. The theme is Prayer ... Americas Hope.
Psalm 33:22 states: May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.
National Day of Prayer observances have been held since they were authorized in 1952 by President Truman.
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Augusta: Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St., 7 p.m., with Mayor Deke Copenhaver; (706) 798-1882
Aiken: St. Johns United Methodist Church, 104 Newberry St. N.W., 7 p.m., with Mayor Fred Cavanaugh; (803) 648-6891
North Augusta: North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave., 7 p.m.; featuring Bill Curry, the head coach of new football program at Georgia State University; (803) 441-4290
St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 605 Reynolds St., breakfast at 7:30 a.m., (706) 722-8693
Curtis Baptist School, 1326 Broad St., 10:30 a.m., (706) 828-6624
Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road, 7 p.m., (706) 737-4530
First Baptist Church of Harlem, 105 W. Milledgeville Road, Harlem, 7 p.m., sponsored by North Columbia Church, Damascus Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Harlem and Harlem United Methodist Church; (706) 556-6439