Things may get a little noisy at the National Day of Prayer in Copperas Cove this year. As worshippers on foot gather together Thursday to pray for the nation, motorcyclists will rev their engines to gather for a worship time of their own.

Covites will gather at noon at the Cove City Council chambers, 210 South First St., for the 63rd annual National Day of Prayer. Participants may come and go from the event as their schedules allow, said Pastor Mark Kemp of the First Baptist Church of Cove.

“It is important for us to pray together as God’s people,” Kemp said.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held the first Thursday of May, encouraging people of all faiths to pray for the nation. In 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed into law a joint resolution from Congress that asked people “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” Every president since Truman has signed a National Day of Prayer proclamation. This year’s theme is “One Voice, United in Prayer.”

A gathering for motorcyclists in Cove will be at 5 p.m. at Dave’s Ice House, 831 East U.S. Highway 190. The Christian Motorcycle Association, “Warriors of the Way,” will lead with prayer starting at 5 p.m. with different members leading prayers for other segments of the government, said motorcyclist Marc George.

“It is really a fun, fellowship ride. We will have prayer for our government — national, state, and local — our leaders of our country and schools. We just want to get more people involved,” George said.

All cycles and riders are welcome. The riders will depart at 6 p.m. to head to the Bell County Expo Center for the Bell County National Day of Prayer event that begins at 7 p.m.

Prayer leaders are needed for small groups of 6 to 10 people. Anyone interested in serving as a prayer leader can contact the First Baptist Church.

Related events also scheduled for Thursday:

Lampasas: National Day of Prayer Breakfast at First United Methodist Church, 2 Alexander Drive, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Call Stanley Martin at 512-734-0235 or

Gatesville: Area National Day of Prayer, 115 N. Levita Road, from noon to 12:30 p.m. Contact

National Day of Prayer Fellowship, Pershing Park Baptist Church, 1200 Old Farm-to-Market 440, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Call Bridget Joseph at 254-634-1018 or email

Contact Wendy Sledd at or (254) 501-7476

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