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April 26, 2013

National Day of Prayer service set

NORMAN — Millions will answer the call to pray on Thursday in observance of the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer. Organized events will be hosted in thousands of public venues.

Cheryl Lisle, National Day of Prayer Task Force volunteer and Norman resident, said the observance will begin at noon Thursday at the flag pole located within the city of Norman Complex, 201 W. Gray St., just north of Gray Street and west of the post office.

This year’s theme, “Pray for America,” is based on Matthew 12:21, which reminds individuals that “in His name the nations will put their hope.”

Greg Laurie, senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship and Founder of Harvest Crusades, is honorary chairman of the NDP Task Force and will give the keynote address at the national observance in Washington, D.C., at the Cannon House Office Building.

For more information, visit www.NationalDayofPrayer.org.

The tradition predates the founding of the U.S., evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and, in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.

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