Dollywood to observe National Day of Prayer

Apr. 30, 2013 @ 11:07 PM

Dollywood's Robert F. Thomas Chapel will hold two special 15-minute prayer services for guests and employees in recognition of Thursday's National Day of Prayer.

The services will be held at 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. this Thursday at the park's chapel.

"On this nationally recognized day, we wanted to be sure employees and guests had an opportunity to take a moment and pray," Dollywood Chaplain Joey Buck said. "We wanted to make a special recognition on this day as our country comes together to pray."

Buck said he expects a good turnout at the special services at the chapel, which is in the Craftsmen's Valley area.

The services will include focused prayer and scripture reading. Hymns will also be sung. A complimentary prayer guide will be available throughout the day.

"During the services, we're going to use that as a time of joining together as a community of faith," Buck said. "We'll read some scripture and sing songs, and look at what prayer means and how we go about that in our daily lives."

The National Day of Prayer is traditionally held on the first Thursday in May and is celebrated by Americans of many religions, including many Christian denominations, as well as Muslims, Hindus and Jews.

Likewise, Buck said persons of all faiths and religions are welcome at Dollywood's National Day of Prayer services.

"This will be interfaith, interdenominational," Buck said. "It's inclusive of many different denominations and any faith. It's simply a time that we're going to pray."

The only requirement to attend is admission into the park.

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