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Former Oklahoma Pastor Chosen for Inaugural Prayer

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Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A former Bartlesville pastor will deliver the sermon at the National Prayer Service during the inauguration of Barack Obama as president.

The Rev. Sharon Watkins is now pastor of a Protestant denomination with about 700,000 members in the United States and Canada.

Watkins will be the first woman to give the sermon at the traditional event which will be held January 21 at the National Cathedral in Washington.

Watkins is president and general minister of Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is the first woman to hold that job.

The National Prayer Service will include prayers, readings and hymns delivered by religious leaders of a variety of faiths.

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