For many years now, the first Thursday in May has been set aside as a day to invoke the help of a higher power for our communities, our state and our nation.
Thursday will mark the 63rd National Day of Prayer in the United States, with communities across the country scheduling observances.
The theme for the day is "One Voice United in Prayer."
In Weirton, local clergy will be joined by city officials on the front steps of the Weirton Municipal Building at noon, during which time prayers will be offered for the community, state, nation and the country's citizens and leaders.
The observance is organized each year by the Weirton Ministerial Association.
In Steubenville, the service will feature a multidenominational service at First Westminster Presbyterian Church, 235 N. Fourth St., beginning at 11:35 a.m., with the formal service at noon.
Anita Jackson has been the county coordinator of the service since its beginning, and the committee she leads has always strived to provide a spiritual observance that helps to bring together people from all walks of life, from various levels of public life, people of all races and people from all parts of the political spectrum.
On the national level, prayers will be led from 9 a.m. to noon from the Cannon Office Building in Washington, D.C. That event will be streamed live at nationaldayofprayer.org.
We hope you'll join with friend and neighbors from around the Tri-State Area and residents from all parts of the United States in participating in a Day of Prayer activity.