The City of Santa Monica will hold its 19th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 7th, on the front lawn of City Hall, 1685 Main St.

A continental breakfast, for a suggested donation of $5, is scheduled to begin at 6:30 a.m. This year’s theme is “Prayer! America’s Hope,” taken from Psalm 33:22: “May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”

Area pastors and community leaders will offer prayers for the president and other governmental leaders, the armed services, peace officers, legislators, judges, the community and the nation. The prayer will address topics such as personal renewal and moral awakening, youths, family, business, education, the sick, the imprisoned and persecuted, churches, missionaries and ministry organizations.

Among those slated to participate are Santa Monica Police Captain Alex Padilla; Santa Monica Fire Department Battalion Chief Jose Torres; and pastors from several local area churches.

Also leading prayers will be Major David Harmon of The Salvation Army, Santa Monica Corps; Harriet Aldava, RAND Corporation; Dorothy Larson of Community Bible Study; and Tuvyia Zaretsky of Jews for Jesus. Associate Pastor Harrison Sommer of the Lighthouse Church will be master of ceremonies.

The Santa Monica National Day of Prayer Youth Choir will lead patriotic and worship songs. An Air Force color guard will present the colors.

Free parking is available in the nearby Santa Monica Place parking structure.

Information, (310) 365-8219.