National Day of Prayer events set for Thursday in Topeka

Services will be held at Statehouse and Avondale East NET Reach Center

People from Topeka and across the state of Kansas will gather for two observances marking the 66th annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 4, in the capital city.


The first observance will take place at noon inside the Statehouse, 300 S.W. 10th Ave., with the theme “For Your Great Name’s Sake.”

Local Christian leaders and musicians will lead the service, and Gov. Sam Brownback is scheduled to be among the speakers.

Then, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., a citywide prayer rally will be held at the East Avondale NET Reach Center, 455 S.E. Golf Park Blvd.

David Epps, the Topeka city coordinator for National Day of Prayer, said everyone was welcome to attend the events.

“We hope that we’ll have a good crowd,” Epps said. “It varies from year to year, but the invitation is for everybody to come.”

Epps noted the evening event moves to various locations each year across Topeka.

This will mark the first time the evening session will take place at the Avondale East NET Reach Center, he said.

“We want to pray for the city,” Epps said, “and we want to pray for those who are in need in our city.”

A worship band will be featured at the evening event, as will praise dancers from El Encuentro Church.

The National Day of Prayer, which was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, invites people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It takes place the first Thursday of May.

National Day of Prayer events are held at an estimated 30,000 locations across the nation, according to the event’s website.

More than 2 million people are expected to attend the services, which take place at state capitols, county courthouses, schools, business, churches, on city hall steps and in homes.

Anne Graham Lotz, the daughter of the Rev. Billy Graham, is the chairwoman of the National Day of Prayer.

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