City to celebrate National Day of Prayer

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Steamboat Springs will join communities across the country Thursday to celebrate the 54th annual National Day of Prayer.

Nearly a dozen area churches are coming together to sponsor a Community Leaders Prayer Breakfast at 7 a.m. at Old Town Pub. For the larger community, a prayer service will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on the Routt County Courthouse lawn. The breakfast costs $9 per person; the lunchtime prayer service is free and open to all.

During the National Day of Prayer, millions of people from across the nation come together in observances at public venues to pray for the nation and its leaders, as well as media and schools. U.S. citizens also gather to celebrate their freedom as the American troops fight for the freedom of other nations around the world.

Every year, the National Day of Prayer has a theme, and this year the theme will be "God Shed His Grace on Thee."

"The concept of grace is preeminent in both the National Day of Prayer theme and the supporting verse for this year," said Shirley Dobson, chairwoman of the National Day of Prayer and wife of Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson, in a press release. "The National Day of Prayer provides each of us with a powerful opportunity to humble ourselves before the Almighty and to seek the redeeming and preserving grace in asking God to forgive our collective rebellion against Him."

The tradition of this day of prayer began even before the United States was founded. In 1775, the Continental Congress issued its proclamation to have a special day set aside for prayer. The Congress established an annual day of prayer in 1952, and the law wasn't amended until 1988. In the new amendment, the first Thursday in May was designated as the National Day of Prayer.

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