People across the area will stop to pray for the nation Thursday, the 61st annual National Day of Prayer.
Prayer services are scheduled from sunrise to sunset at area churches, community centers and city halls. The theme of the 2012 National Day of Prayer is One Nation Under God, based on Psalm 33:12, which says, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”
Last year, an estimated 40,000 National Day of Prayer events were held nationwide. At each, participants were encouraged to pray for seven centers of influence: government, military, media, business, education, church and family.
The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952 and was signed into law by President Truman. For more information, see nationaldayofprayer.org.
6 A.M.-6 P.M.: First Baptist Church of Augusta will hold a prayer vigil in its chapel, 3500 Walton Way.
7 A.M.-7 P.M.: Warren Baptist Church of Augusta will be open for prayer in its chapel, 3203 Washington Road.
7:30 A.M.: Augusta Mayor Deke Copenhaver and Miracle Making Ministries will hold a National Day of Prayer community breakfast at First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way. Ed Tarver, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, will speak. The cost is $25, and proceeds benefit Miracle Making Ministries. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (706) 504-8077.
NOON: North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones will hold a luncheon at the North Augusta Community Center, 495 Brookside Ave., North Augusta. Augusta cardiologist Dr. Mac Bowman will speak. Tickets cost $12 and can be purchased at the North Augusta Parks and Recreation Department, Chamber of Commerce, Community Center, Municipal Center or Parks Pharmacy. Call (803) 441-4350 for more information or group reservations.
9 A.M.-5 P.M.: A room at Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road, Martinez, will be open for prayer.
NOON: A brief lunch-hour prayer service will be held in the chapel at Warren Baptist Church, 3203 Washington Road.
NOON- 1 P.M.: An outdoor prayer service will be held at Laurens Street and Hayne Avenue in downtown Aiken.
6 P.M.: The Rev. Larry Carter, the pastor of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, will speak at a service at Beulah Grove Baptist Church, 1434 Poplar St. Call (706) 724-1086 for more information.
6:45 P.M.: The city of Aiken will observe the National Day of Prayer with music, scripture readings and prayer at H. Odell Weeks Activity Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. Call (803) 640-4689 for more information.
7 P.M.: The South Augusta Pastors’ Alliance and Copenhaver will hold a praise, worship and prayer service at Sacred Heart Cultural Center, 1301 Greene St. For more information, call (706) 826-4701.
7 P.M.: The city of Blythe and area churches will hold an outdoor prayer service with speakers, music and refreshments at Blythe City Hall, 294 Church St. Call (706) 592-0155 for more information.
7 P.M.: Whole Life Ministries will hold a prayer and praise rally at the church, 2621 Washington Road. Call (706) 737-4530 or see wholelife.org for more information.
WHAT’S YOUR PRAYER?
What’s your prayer for the nation? Tell us your prayer for an upcoming Your Faith section of The Augusta Chronicle. E-mail email@example.com.