Last week, five-time Grammy Award-winning artist and songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman had the honor to perform at the 66th Annual National Day Of Prayer ceremony in Washington, D.C. Appearing before many faith leaders from around the U.S., Chapman performed two songs, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness" and "The Lord's Prayer." The ceremony was held in the Rose Garden at the White House.
"I'm humbled and grateful every time I'm invited somewhere to sing about the love and grace of God," Chapman shares. "Sometimes it's in a prison or an orphanage, sometimes it's in Carnegie Hall, and sometimes it might even be in our nation's capital at The White House. It's always and only for His glory."
The National Day of Prayer began in 1952 and was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. Held annually on the first Thursday of May, the event invites people of all faiths to pray for our nation.
Yesterday, the songwriter also kicked off the latest season of the monthly concert series called "Sam's Place - Music For The Spirit" at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, where Chapman hosts various artists throughout the year.
During Sunday's concert, artists such as Building 429, Matthew West, Holly Williams, Natalie Hemby and Craig Morgan guested Sam's Place performing original songs and talking about their creation, as well as carrying out impromptu collaborations with Chapman.
Sam's Place is named after revivalist Samuel Porter Jones (1847-1906), for whose preaching businessman Thomas Green Ryman (1841-1904) originally built the concert hall envisioning a permanent place of worship "for all denominations."