Obama's First Day Starts with Prayer Service

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Following presidential tradition that dates back more than 200 years, President Barack Obama and Mrs. Obama attended a national prayer service Wednesday at Washington's National Cathedral.

It was the final event that capped a large number of inaugural ceremonies, concerts, parties, and a parade.

Click play to watch highlights of the prayer service held at Washinton's National Cathedral.

Rev. Sharon Watkins, the first woman to preach a sermon at the prayer service, urged the new President to set the example for the nation and to encourage people to make the right choices, such as showing God's love by loving one's neighbor.

"Lead us there, Mr. President. That is a journey worth pursuing," said Watkins, president and general minister of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada.

Joining the Obamas at the service were Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill. Former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State nominee Hillary Clinton also joined them on the front row.

The service included scripture readings and hymns delivered by religious leaders from a variety of faiths. President Obama joined in as a children's choir stood near him and sang the song, "He's Got The Whole World in His Hands."

The President did not make any remarks. He came to the service after spending a few minutes alone in the Oval Office earlier in the morning, reading the personal note left for him by departing President George W. Bush.

Source: The Associated Press

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