National Day of Prayer set for Thursday

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett churches and organizations will be praying for the nation Thursday during the 58th annual observance of National Day of Prayer.

A floating holiday established by former President Harry Truman in 1952, National Day of Prayer was set as the first Thursday in May in 1988 by former President Ronald Reagan and Congress.

Events are scheduled throughout Gwinnett on Thursday to answer the call for prayer, including the ninth annual Prayer on the Square, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse gazebo in Lawrenceville. More than a dozen pastors will lead prayer during the event, and state and local government officials are expected to attend.

In case of rain, Prayer on the Square will move to Lawrenceville First Baptist Church at 165 Clayton St.

Here is a list of additional events happening in Gwinnett:

· Gwinnett residents are invited to bring a lunch for prayer at 11:45 a.m. Thursday at the Duluth Town Green, 3142 Hill St. For more information, call Kipper Tabb at 678-405-2114.

· A National Day of Prayer event will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Harbins Park, 2995 Luke Edwards Road in Dacula. For more information, visit www.harbinschurch.org.

· First United Methodist Church of Lawrenceville will hold a worship service featuring DeDe Leitch, district superintendent for the North Georgia United Methodist Conference, at 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the church's campground. 700 Braselton Highway in Lawrenceville. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call 770-963-0386.

· The Suwanee National Day of Prayer Celebration will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday at Suwanee Town Center on Town Center Avenue. In case of rain, the event will be moved to Shadowbrook Baptist Church, 4187 Suwanee Dam Road in Suwanee. For more information, call Frank Ferrer at 770-757-3452.

For more information on Prayer on the Square in Lawrenceville, call Constance Smith at 770-885-0804.