May 5, 2005
Millions are expected to answer the call to pray today, the National Day of Prayer. In 1952, a joint resolution by Congress, signed by then-President Harry Truman, declared an annual National Day of Prayer.
In 1988, President Reagan permanently set the day as the first Thursday of May. Last year, more than 2 million people attended more than 40,000 events across the nation. Shirley Dobson, wife of Focus on the Family’s James Dobson, heads the National Day of Prayer Task Force. This year’s theme is “God shed his grace on thee.” Among events in the region: - A citywide prayer rally will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Confluence Park. - Rock the Park, a youth concert and prayer rally featuring the band Cleansing Flood, starts at 4:30 p.m. at Confluence Park. - Colorado Springs Mayor Lionel Rivera will attend a prayer gathering at 9 a.m. in City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. - New Life Church will hold a one-hour prayer meeting at 6 a.m. at the World Prayer Center, 11005 Colorado Highway 83. - Colorado Springs Christian Schools is planning events, including prayers and seminars, starting at 8:15 a.m. at Colorado Springs Christian High School, 4825 Mallow Road. - Up to 80 worshippers will take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway to the summit this morning for the Pikes Peak Prayer Cog. - First Congregational Church-United Church of Christ, 20 E. St. Vrain St., will make its labyrinth available for walking and meditation from noon to 7 p.m. - Academy Christian Church, 1635 Old Ranch Road, will hold a prayer service from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. - Pulpit Rock Church, 301 Austin Bluffs Parkway, will have an hourlong prayer gathering at 7 p.m. - Woodmen Valley Chapel will have a service from noon to 1 p.m. at its worship center, 250 E. Woodmen Road. For more information, go to: National events: www.nationaldayofprayer. org Local events: www.csndp.org