Obamas, Bidens attend Cathedral prayer service

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the first full workday of his second term, President Barack Obama has heard a rousing, spiritual appeal for unity and strength, from church leaders of different faiths.

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were joined by their wives today at the Washington National Cathedral for the traditional post-inaugural national prayer service.

There were prayers for those who govern, those in the armed forces and the nation as a whole.

The senior pastor at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas told the president, "When you feel your lowest, don't give up." The Rev. Adam Hamilton also said the nation, its leaders and people need to rise above their differences and find a national vision that unifies the country.

Speakers represented the National African American Clergy Network, the Rabbinical Assembly and the Islamic Society of North America, among others.

This was the third day of religious worship for Obama surrounding his second inauguration.

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182-w-36-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with the Reverend Adam Hamilton, senior pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kan.)--President Obama has been hearing appeals for national unity at a post-inaugural prayer service in Washington. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. ((Opens with sound)) (22 Jan 2013)

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180-a-15-(The Reverend Adam Hamilton, senior pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas, at inaugural prayer service at the National Cathedral)-"God wants you"-The Reverend Adam Hamilton says God has given this president a great gift. (22 Jan 2013)

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178-a-15-(The Reverend Adam Hamilton, senior pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas, at inaugural prayer service at the National Cathedral)-"need to go"-The Reverend Adam Hamilton says he prays President Obama can lead America to some common ground, despite its current divided politics. (22 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO DCCK108: The Reverend Adam Hamilton, Senior Pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, delivers the sermon during the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral attended by President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Washington. The 106-year-old Episcopal church has long hosted presidential inaugural services. It was also the site of funerals for former presidents Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his last sermon there in 1968. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (22 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO DCCK113: President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden attend the Presidential Inaugural Prayer Service at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. The 106-year-old Episcopal church has long hosted presidential inaugural services., this one following Monday's 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) (22 Jan 2013)

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