WORTHINGTON — The ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic will make an in-person gathering impossible this year, but that doesn’t mean people can’t join together to mark the National Day of Prayer.

Worthington’s Love in the Name of Christ chapter will observe this year’s celebration, which is set for Thursday, May 7, with a pair of events that can be seen on Facebook.

“The first Thursday of May is designated as the National Day of Prayer, and Worthington has done something for many years,” Love INC Executive Director Greg Wede said. “But because of the governor’s executive order, we’re unable to do it over the noon hour in the way we usually do.”

Instead, Love INC will present an original broadcast at noon Thursday on its Facebook page, followed by a live streaming of a National Day of Prayer event from Washington at 7 p.m.

Love INC’s noon event will include scripture readings and prayer from approximately seven pastors in the Worthington community, as well as music.

“We have Eddie Hernandez of Worthington, and he’s going to potentially perform a couple of songs that he’s written along with hymns,” Wede explained. “”He attends Grace Community Church (in Worthington) and has been doing some music in Jackson at the Methodist church there.”

At 7 p.m., people may visit Love INC’s Facebook page to view the Washington event, which is scheduled to continue until 9 p.m.

Wede added that there’s usually a special Sunday evening service in Worthington either just before or just after the National Day of Prayer is commemorated. There will eventually be such a service — at a date and time to be determined — at Lakeside Church.

“We would prefer to offer up prayers in celebration, once we pass through all of this (COVID-19) stuff,” Wede said.