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National Day of Prayer to return Thursday
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First Baptist preacher Jeff Owens says a prayer at last year’s local observance of National Day of Prayer. This year’s event has been expanded to include the traditional ceremony at noon, then an extra event at 6:30 p.m. Both will be held at the Farmers Market pavilion.

The power of love will be emphasized during two local National Day of Prayer ceremonies this Thursday at the Farmers Market.

The local observance has been expanded to include an Evening of Prayer and Praise at 6:30 p.m. This is in addition to the traditional observance at noon. Both ceremonies will be held at the Farmers Market pavilion in downtown McMinnville.

“We’re going to have a little more music and a little more singing in the evening and expand it to a different group of people who might not be able to make it during the day due to work,” said preacher Jeff Page, one of the organizers.

This year’s National Day of Prayer theme is Love One Another.

“It will be an uplifting event,” said Page. “One of the commandments of Jesus is to love one another as I have loved you.”

Several local preachers will offer prayers during the events, including Jim Hunt, Ben Randall, Richard O’Connor, Jeff Owens, Michael Harris, John Templeton, Tommy Vann, Josh Thaxton and Page. Some preachers will speak at both the noon and 6:30 p.m. events, while others will attend only one.

A singing group from Covenant Academy will be a highlight of the noon observance. In the evening, the praise team from Centertown First United Methodist will perform.

National Day of Prayers was signed into public law by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 and was designated for the first Thursday in May.

The local observance is a coordination between the Warren County Ministerial Association and the McMinnville Area Ministerial Fellowship.