After organizing such past faith-based community events as a summer Bible reading marathon, a July 4 community hymn sing to "Battle Hymn of the Republic," and a month-long Bible study known as "Fire in February," retired Detroit Lakes minister Barry Schoder has a new project: A week of prayer.

Starting this Saturday, May 1, and continuing through Friday, May 7, Schoder is planning to lead a daily prayer session in the gazebo across from the Detroit Lakes Pavilion, starting at noon.

To advertise each day's prayer session, he will be previewing it on KDLM Radio.

"I'm on the air every morning with a daily devotional," he said. "This week, it will have a prayer emphasis."

Each day's prayer session will have a different emphasis, Schoder said.

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"One day we will be praying for families, one day for education, one day for businesses, and so forth."

Anyone and everyone in the community is welcome to participate in the daily prayer sessions, Schoder added.

"Each day's prayer may last 15 minutes, it may last an hour or two," he said.

The sessions are free and open to the public. Schoder says his ultimate vision is "to see Detroit Lakes become a beacon of righteousness."

In other words, he says, he would like to see "such evidence of God's presence in this city that people will be drawn to Detroit Lakes because of it."