Coordinators in cities across the state are planning activities for the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer observance on Thursday.
Prayer services for the observance are planned at the state Capitol as well as Mustang, Midwest City, Purcell, Cushing, Lawton-Fort Sill, Okmulgee, Kingfisher and Poteau, to name a few.
Many of the prayer gatherings and activities are planned outside government buildings such as courthouses and city halls, while the state Capitol's observance — one of the more popular gatherings — will be held on the second-floor rotunda.
Theme for this year's observance is “Pray for America,” based on Matthew 12:21, “In His name the nations will put their hope.” As part of the 62nd observance, the Rev. Greg Lauri, the 2013 honorary chairman for the National Day of Prayer, has written a special prayer that is to be simultaneously read throughout the country at noon Thursday at prayer day gatherings.
Meanwhile, several years ago, an annual Oklahoma City area interfaith prayer gathering was started as an interfaith alternative to the Christian-inspired National Day of Prayer.
This year's interfaith event “Interfaith Day of Reflection” will be at Temple B'nai Israel, 4901 N Pennsylvania.
The following listing includes Oklahoma City metro area National Day of Prayer events set for Thursday, along with the metro “Interfaith Alliance Day of Reflection” event.
• Spiritual leaders' prayer time, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Governor's Blue Room, second floor, state Capitol. Pastors, ministry and spiritual leaders from Oklahoma are encouraged to join together to pray for families, communities, city, state, nation and leaders. For more information, call Lloyd Smith at 286-1649.
• State Capitol Service, Noon to 1 p.m., second floor rotunda, state Capitol. The public is invited to join several state leaders and others to pray for families, communities, military, churches, the state and nation. A music concert by The Voices, directed by Mark Taylor will begin at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 286-1649.
• National Day of Prayer Service, 7 to 8 p.m., Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 2717 W Hefner Road.
• National Day of Prayer Observance, a come-and-go event, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Mustang, 928 N Mustang Road, Mustang.
• Kingfisher Communitywide Youth Rally, 6:30 to 8 p.m., 1500 S 13 St., Kingfisher. Dennis Burbank will be guest speaker. Sandwiches, chips and drinks will be served.
• Purcell National Day of Prayer Service, noon to 1 p.m. Santa Fe Plaza in downtown Purcell; sponsored by the Heartland Ministerial Alliance.
• Midwest City National Day of Prayer Service, 1 to 2 p.m., 200 Midwest Boulevard, Midwest City.
For more National Day of Prayer activities in Oklahoma, go to www.nationaldayofprayer.org.
• “Interfaith Day of Reflection,” 7 p.m., Temple B'nai Israel, 4901 N Pennsylvania. Keynote speaker is Rabbi Vered Harris with Temple B'nai Israel. Rabbi Abby Jacobson will serve as moderator and panelists will include people of other faiths including Buddhism and Christianity. The program, sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance Foundation of Oklahoma, will include the annual ringing of the bells to honor various faith traditions. For more information, call the Rev. Jeff Hamilton at 640-3914.