The Columbus Government Center, 100 10th St., will be one of the sites for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday. It will last about an hour. Participants are asked to gather near the eternal flame.
Additional services and events:• St. Matthew Lutheran Church (ELCA), 4026 Macon Road. The sanctuary will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday for people who want to have private time in the church for prayer. Call 706-561-3406. Free breakfast items will be available as you leave.
• The Phenix City Amphitheater, across the Dillingham Street Bridge. Noon-12:30 p.m. The theme is Prayer: America's Strength and Shield. Call 334-298-8495.
• "Pray Now" is the theme of Morningside Baptist Church's observance. 6065 Morningside Drive. 7 a.m. prayer at the flag pole for 30 minutes. Participants will focus their prayers on government, military, education, church, family, media and business. At noon, participants are asked to fast for lunch and catch the concert of prayer in the church sanctuary.
At 7 p.m., the church will host a prayer walk around the campus and conclude with prayer in the sanctuary at 8 p.m. For more information, contact the church office at 706-561-0343.• The sanctuary of St. Mark United Methodist Church, 6795 Whitesville Road, will be open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. for prayer.
• Christ Community Church, on Midtown Drive next to the Columbus Public Library, will open its sanctuary noon-1 pm. Christ Community Church has regular prayer meetings, known as "Crave," during the week. For more information, go to www.ccclive.org.
• St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2101 Wildwood Ave., has a service at noon in the Illges Chapel. The Rev. Daryl Brown, associate pastor, will lead it. Call 706-327-7419.