The Ogden City Council's policy of reciting a Christian prayer before each council meeting will continue, despite claims by the American Civil Liberties Union that the practice alienates people of different faiths.

"Yes, we will continue the practice," said Mayor L. Clifford Goff on Wednesday. "We think it's a very good idea to ask God for his blessing."The issue of prayer in public meetings came up earlier this month when a letter was sent to the Salt Lake County Commissioners regarding their prayer policy.

The commission decided to continue with prayers but would invite people of different faiths to pray.

All Ogden City Council members belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A different council member prays each week, and the prayers end with, "In Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen."

As far as Goff is concerned, that practice will continue.

However, Goff said that a council member scheduled to pray may invite someone of another faith to pray.

"We have had various people come in and offer prayers for us," Goff said.