National Day of Prayer is Thursday; events begin today
The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, but one special event actually begins at 6 p.m. today.
The Bible Read-A-Thon takes place on the steps of Tampa City Hall, 315 E Kennedy Blvd. Around the clock for 90 hours, volunteers will read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. About 180 individuals and churches have signed up for two-hour slots. The Bible reading is expected to conclude at noon Thursday.
A worship service, including music, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Lykes Gaslight Square Park, 410 N Franklin St. And later that evening, at 7, churches and individuals are invited to gather in honor of the day at George M. Steinbrenner Field, near N Dale Mabry Highway and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. A number of church pastors will take part, each praying on various topics, and Christian recording artist Ricardo Sanchez will sing. Mayor Bob Buckhorn will greet the crowd.
There is no cost to attend. Call Joy Green at (813) 967-6417.
Also Thursday, Anne Graham Lotz, daughter of evangelist Billy Graham, will be the keynote speaker at the Tampa Bay National Day of Prayer Brunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at A La Carte Event Pavilion, 4050 Dana Shores Drive. Individual tickets are $30. Table sponsorships are $300. Register early as seating is limited. To register, visit tampaprayer brunch.com or call (813) 382-2802.