National Day of Prayer service Thursday

“One Voice United in Prayer” will be the theme of the 22nd-annual observance of Jefferson County’s National Day of Prayer which will be observed on Thursday at First Westminster Presbyterian Church, 235 N. Fourth St., Steubenville.

The local service begins with music at 11:35 a.m. followed by the formal service at noon, according to Anita Jackson, county coordinator of the event since its beginning.

The theme scripture for this year is Romans 5:6.

The Rev. Clint Quillen of Wintersville United Methodist Church will be the keynote speaker.

In a format change from past years, the keynote speaker will address the gathering halfway through the service so that individuals needing to return to work will be able to leave after the message.

There will be a free soup and salad luncheon provided for all guests attending the service. The event is open to the public.

Those participating in this year’s celebration will include the Steubenville High School Choir under the direction of Scott Wolodkin; pipe organist Denise Truax; the Rev. Jason Elliott, First Westminster Presbyterian Church; Monsignor Gerald Calovini of Holy Family Catholic Church, opening prayer; Scout Troop 401 of Holy Family Catholic Church, color guard, under the direction of Ron Bolster; and the Rev. Calvin McLoyd Jr., Second Baptist Church, theme scripture.

Other participants are Aimee Swearingen, president of P.O.W. Ministries; Evangelist Eva Lucious; Connie Bertucci of Mary’s Cradle Ministries; the Rev. Norries Hood of Mount Zion Baptist Church; proclamations from Tom Graham representing Jefferson County commissioners and Mayor Domenick Mucci, city of Steubenville; Don Coen, Serra Club of Steubenville; the Rev. Philip Makari, Starkdale Presbyterian Church; the Rev. Gary Hallberg, Word of Life Fellowship; Frank DiPietro, Word of Life Fellowship; Jane Fisher of First Westminster; the Rev. Vaughn Foster of Christ’s Community Church; and the Rev. Dominic Foster, T.O.R., Franciscan University.