Churches throughout the Lodi area will either conduct a noon prayer service or open their doors throughout the day Friday in commemoration of Tuesday's terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
President Bush declared Friday a "national day of prayer and remembrance" and asked Americans to spend their lunch breaks taking part in services at their chosen places of worship.
Many local churches will be open today. Others will be closed either because they conducted services earlier this week or will focus on their Sunday services.
St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church will have services at 8:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
St. Anne's Catholic Church will have a Mass at noon.
Lodi Community Church of God will have a service at noon.
Faith Fellowship (Four-square Gospel Church) will have a service at noon.
First Baptist Church of Lodi will have prayer time at noon.
Several others will be open throughout the day Friday for prayer. They include:
Grace Presbyterian Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for anyone who would like to pray, sing or talk. Pastor David Hill will be present from about 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
First United Methodist Church of Lodi will have its sanctuary open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for prayer.
Century Assembly will be open for prayer from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
At the Buddhist Church of Lodi, Rev. Ken Fujimoto will open the church for anyone who wants to pray. Go to his office behind the church.
St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Galt will be open for individual prayer.