The theme nationally this year is "Wake up, America," said Janzen, a chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital. It is built upon the passage from the Bible's book of Isaiah, Chapter 58, Verse 1: “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet."
The praise and prayer service will last one hour and include a proclamation by Mayor Tom Henry and brief prayers by representatives of seven leadership categories: family; church and clergy; education and educators; government leaders, attorneys and judges; first responders, including the military, police, fire department and emergency medical personnel; business; and media.
"Certainly, after the service, people are welcome to stay and pray together if they like," Janzen said.
The event intentionally is not held at a church, Janzen said, to avoid tying it to any one denomination.
More InformationDay of Prayer
WHAT: The local observance of National Day of Prayer.
WHEN: Noon-1 p.m. Thursday
WHERE: Meeting Rooms B and C, Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza