Santa Monica will hold its 25th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Tongva Park amphitheater west of City Hall between Main Street and Ocean Avenue. The address is 1615 Ocean Avenue. This year’s theme is “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” inspired by I Kings 8:28: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”

Santa Monica and Westside pastors and community leaders will offer prayers for the president, governor, and other governmental leaders, the armed services, peace officers, legislators, judges, the community and nation and such topics as personal renewal and moral awakening, youth, the family, business, education, the sick, the imprisoned and persecuted, churches, missionaries and ministry organizations.

Master of ceremonies will be Pastor Steve Snook of Metro Church Calvary Chapel. Among those slated to take part are Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks; Santa Monica Fire Department Deputy Chief Thomas Clemo; Andrew Czer, Los Angeles County Lifeguards; Luke Breton Van Groll, Zoe Church; Dr. Robert Hamilton, pediatrician; and Pastors Anthony Gonzalez, St. Clement’s Catholic Church; Peter Czer, Lighthouse Church; Trevor DeBenning, Risen Church; and Matt Kladnik, Vintage Faith Foursquare Church.

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