Day of Prayer a chance to reflect

For many years now, the first Thursday in May has been set aside as a day to invoke the help of a higher power for our communities, our state and our nation.

And, while Thursday will mark the 63rd National Day of Prayer in the United States, members of our community will be marking their 22nd-annual event.

The observance will feature a multidenominational service at First Westminster Presbyterian Church, 235 N. Fourth St., Steubenville. Anita Jackson has been the county coordinator of the service since its beginning, and the committee she leads always has strived to provide a spiritual observance that helps bring together people from all walks of life, from various levels of public life, people of all races and people from all parts of the political spectrum.

The theme for the day is “One Voice United in Prayer,” and the keynote speaker will be the Rev. Clint Quillen, pastor of the Wintersville United Methodist Church. The Steubenville event will begin at 11:35 a.m. with music, and the formal service will begin at noon.

Also on Thursday, the Weirton Ministerial Association will conduct a service at noon in front of the Weirton Municipal Building.

On the national level, prayers will be led from 9 a.m. to noon from the Cannon Office Building in Washington, D.C. That event will be streamed live at

We hope you’ll join with friend and neighbors from around the Tri-State Area and residents from all parts of the United States in participating in a Day of Prayer activity.