Pray for positive change in our communities

Americans of all faiths will gather Thursday to participate in the National Day of Prayer.

Held on the first Thursday of May, the event has been set aside as a day to ask for the help of a higher power for our communities, our states and our nation.

The annual event has been held nationally since 1952, with the local observance spanning nearly 30 years.

Weirton’s observance will be held beginning at noon Thursday on the steps of the Weirton Municipal Building. Members of the public are invited to participate in the service, which is being organized by the Weirton Ministerial Association.

In the event of poor weather, the service will be moved to the Millsop Community Center.

Steubenville’s event will be held at Sycamore Youth Center, , 301 N. Fourth St. It will be a multidenominational service that will begin at 6:30 p.m. As in years past, the spiritual observance will bring together people from all walks of life, people who represent all areas in the political spectrum and people of all faiths and denominations.

And in Wellsburg, an observance is planned for 8 a.m. Thursday at the Wellsburg United Methodist Church.

In addition to local observances Thursday, the national observance will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the National Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol. The event will be streamed live at nationaldayofprayer.org., as well as the organization’s Facebook page.

This year’s theme is “Love One Another,” which is based on John 13:34, which reads “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.”

It’s an appropriate theme, one that offers a reminder that prayer needs to be an integral part of the solution to our problems.

The right to practice our faith is one of the greatest freedoms we enjoy as Americans. The National Day of Prayer continues to offer a great opportunity to use that freedom as a way to bring about positive change.

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