PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - National Day of Prayer is observed on the first Thursday of May each year. It's not a formal holiday, but events take place throughout the U.S. to unite the community on this special day.
A service took place at Epworth United Methodist Church in Phenix City. Mayor Eddie Lowe, local pastors, and others did scripture readings and prayers over the seven centers of influence: military, government, media, business, education, church, and family.
Those who attended the service also sang patriotic hymns.
The National Day of Prayer began in 1952 when Americans of all faiths were asked to pray for the nation and its leaders.