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Chapel hosts annual National Prayer Luncheon

Chaplain (Capt.) Randy Croft, 460th Space Wing, gives the opening prayer and greetings during the National Prayer Luncheon March 6, 2013, at the chapel Fellowship Hall at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The luncheon was held to bring together the chapel community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr./Released)

Chaplain (Capt.) Randy Croft, 460th Space Wing, gives the opening prayer and greetings during the National Prayer Luncheon March 6, 2013, at the chapel Fellowship Hall at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. The luncheon was held to bring together the chapel community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr./Released)

Participants of the annual National Prayer Luncheon meet and greet with one another before they share a meal March 6, 2013, at the chapel Fellowship Hall at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. More than 220 military members and civilians fellowshipped, worshipped and feasted on food served by the chapel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr./Released)

Participants of the annual National Prayer Luncheon meet and greet with one another before they share a meal March 6, 2013, at the chapel Fellowship Hall at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. More than 220 military members and civilians fellowshipped, worshipped and feasted on food served by the chapel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr./Released)

Chip Simmons, chaplain for the Denver Broncos, speaks at the annual National Prayer Luncheon March 6, 2013, at the chapel Fellowship Hall at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. More than 220 military members and civilians fellowshipped, worshipped and feasted on food served by the chapel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr./Released)

Chip Simmons, chaplain for the Denver Broncos, speaks at the annual National Prayer Luncheon March 6, 2013, at the chapel Fellowship Hall at Buckley Air Force Base, Colo. More than 220 military members and civilians fellowshipped, worshipped and feasted on food served by the chapel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Darryl Bolden Jr./Released)

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Buckley Chapel hosted the annual National Prayer Luncheon March 6 at the chapel.

Chip Simmons, chaplain for the Denver Broncos, was the guest speaker for the event, sharing his experiences with more than 220 military members and civilians who attended.

Simmons has been the chaplain for the Denver Broncos football team for two years, but he has been in the Denver Metro area for "12 years now and loving it," he said.

"What we need to do is stress the importance of prayer for the 2013 year - that it will get us through our trials and tribulations no matter what troubles you have in your everyday life," said Simmons.

He encouraged prayer because "it's spiritually healthy and mentally healthy," Simmons added.

The National Prayer Luncheon is an event where members come together to share a meal, build camaraderie, fellowship and worship. The event was originally introduced as a Prayer Breakfast founded by members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House Prayer Groups. It is an annual military tradition.
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