The 61st National Day of Prayer will be observed in Newcomerstown at an outdoor service at C Young Park in Newcomerstown at 6 p.m. May 3.

Tuscarawas County Commissioner Chris Abbuhl, local pastors and other community leaders will participate in the event, as well as the Newcomerstown Veterans Honor Guard, and the Newcomerstown High School Band. The keynote message will be delivered by Rev. Eric Miller, pastor of Calvary, King's and Everal's United Methodist churches.

This year's theme for the National Day of Prayer is "One Nation Under God," and is based on Psalm 33:12: "Blessed is the national whose God is the Lord."

The Honorary National Chairman for 2012 is Dr. David Jeremiah, noted author, pastor and Bible teacher. He encourages everyone to pray for the nation, saying, "Your prayers mean more than you realize. At the moment you pray, you connect to the most powerful force in the universe. You become an integral party of the rich, complex communication network of prayer."

All are invited to attend the Newcomerstown observance. Free hot dogs and drinks will be served after the service. Bring lawn chairs. In case of rain, the event will be moved to St. Paul Lutheran Church, on the corner of Canal and College streets.

The event is sponsored by the Newcomerstown Ministerial Association.