National Day of Prayer events Thursday

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People of all denominations are expected to take part in Thursday's National Day of Prayer.

In Steamboat Springs, 10 churches are sponsoring activities. This year's nationwide theme is "America, Honor God."

The Community Leaders Prayer Breakfast is from 7 to 8 a.m. Thursday at the Old Town Pub, 600 Lincoln Ave. Children will be at the breakfast to sing mostly patriotic songs as part of the National Prayer Day.

Community leaders, as well as city, county and school officials, have been invited to the breakfast, but anyone can come, said Bill Padgett, the local coordinator.

"All over the country, they are having these gatherings," Padgett said.

Proclamations from Presi--dent Bush and Gov. Bill Owens also will be read declaring Thursday the National Day of Prayer.

Padgett said a variety of prayers are given.

He said the prayer day is a way to exercise the freedoms that Americans have fought to retain.

People also pray for others, Padgett said.

"You never really know, but it can mean a lot," he said.

People also may take part in a prayer session from noon to 1 p.m. outside the Routt County Courthouse.

The idea behind the National Day of Prayer predates the founding of the United States as a country; the Continental Congress issued a proclamation setting aside a day of prayer in 1775. In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer. In 1988, President Reagan worked to designate the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday every May.

-- To reach Matt Stensland call 871-4210

or e-mail mstensland@steamboatpilot.com

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