People across the country will stop to pray Thursday, the 60th National Day of Prayer. Communitywide events are planned in Augusta, North Augusta and Aiken, and several churches will hold services.
National Day of Prayer observances have been held since 1952, when they were authorized by President Truman.
Psalms 91:2 is the theme verse of 2011, stating, "I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God, in him will I trust."
For more information, see national dayofprayer.org .
6 A.M. TO 6 P.M.: First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way, opens its doors for a 12-hour open session of prayer. Prayer guides will be provided. Call (706) 733-2236.
6 P.M.: Beulah Grove Baptist Church, 1434 Poplar St., holds a communitywide National Day of Prayer service. Call (706) 724-1086.
6:30 P.M.: A National Day of Prayer Observance will be at the Family and Marriage Coalition of Aiken, 1651 Banks Mill Road, Aiken. Call (803) 640-4689.
7 P.M.: A Prayer and Praise rally for the National Day of Prayer will be at Whole Life Ministries, 2621 Washington Road. Call (706) 737-4530.
7 P.M.: Sacred Heart Cultural Center is the site of a citywide observance sponsored by Mayor Deke Copenhaver and the South Augusta Pastors' Alliance, with Gov. Nathan Deal attending. It features multidenominational prayer and song. Call (706) 798-1882.
The North Augusta Mayor's Prayer Luncheon in honor of the National Day of Prayer will be at noon May 18 at North Augusta Community Center. Mayor Lark Jones and U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, of South Carolina's 3rd District, will attend. Tickets are required and cost $12. Buy tickets at the North Augusta Parks and Recreation Department, chamber of commerce, community center, municipal center and city churches. Call (803) 441-4350.