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Two events planned locally for National Day of Prayer

WORTHINGTON — National Day of Prayer will be observed Thursday, with both noontime and evening events planned locally.

This year marks the 63rd annual observance of the National Day of Prayer, established by Congress in 1952. The theme for the 2014 National Day of Prayer is “One Voice, United in Prayer,” emphasizing the need for individuals to join together in corporate prayer for their communities, their nation and their leaders.

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As in years past, there will be a noontime gathering, this year from noon to 1 p.m. on the lawn of the Nobles County Government Center. In case of inclement weather, the gathering will move indoors to the Farmers Room.

Additionally, there will be an evening “Concert of Praise & Prayer” at 7 p.m. at Grace Community Church, 2011 Nobles St.

“It’s for people who can’t come to the noon event,” explained Pat Bos, a member of Grace church. “There will be teenagers there, school kids — more of a family event.”

Bos has been involved with National Day of Prayer in other communities and suggested the idea of an evening concert. She hopes it becomes an annual part of National Day of Prayer here, too.

“We’ve done this in other cities we’ve been in, and it’s been very well-attended,” she said. “Then people hear about it, and the next year it becomes an even larger event.”

John Nau from Solid Rock Assembly has gathered the musicians and will lead the concert.

“It will be on kind of the same order of the noon activity, except it will be a longer event, and there will be more music,” Bos explained.

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Daily Globe Features Editor Beth Rickers can be reached at 376-7327.

Beth Rickers

Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at  

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