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The Albany 2019 National Day of Prayer will take place Thursday on the steps of the Linn County Courthouse, 300 Fourth Ave. SE.

This year’s event is set for 6 to 7 p.m. in order to allow working people and children to attend. Seating is limited, so bring a folding chair if needed. The event is outdoors and will take place rain or shine.

This year’s theme is “Love One Another,” coming from the words of Jesus in John 13:34, “Love one another as I have loved you.” The hope is that people across the United States will unify in prayer for the country on Thursday and throughout the year.

Pastor Kelly Dufour of Neighborhood Church will be master of ceremonies. Music will be provided by the Rhythm in Blue Choir of Santiam Christian Schools, directed by Charles Perry, junior and senior high choral director. Other community leaders will lead prayers based on the theme.

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According to the National Day of Prayer website, days of prayer have been called for since 1775, when the Continental Congress designated a time for prayer in forming a new nation. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln called for such a day. Officially, the National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952 and was signed into law by President Harry Truman.

President Ronald Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year as the National Day of Prayer. Every president since 1952 has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation.

Albany’s National Day of Prayer is organized by the Albany Christian Leaders Fellowship and the House of Prayer and Celebration.

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