Occasions draw trustworthy at a number of occasions in Metro East
5:14 pm CDT, Thursday, Could 2, 2019
A day to hope: Occasions draw trustworthy at a number of occasions in Metro East
ALTON — From asking divine assist for as we speak’s youth to be “robust leaders” to enterprise homeowners to make choices ethically and with compassion, about 60 folks gathered on the Submit Commons Thursday morning for the annual Nationwide Day of Prayer observance.
The Alton gathering was certainly one of a number of within the space, together with Jerseyville and Granite Metropolis, which might be a part of the nationwide effort.
The annual gathering in Alton is sponsored by the Rotary Membership of the Riverbend. This yr’s theme is “Love One One other.”
“I really like the best way it’s a nonpolitical day, we’re bringing all people collectively and praying for the issues now we have in widespread,” mentioned The Rev. Ron Wenzel, who emceed the occasion.
“I’ve been concerned for 15 or 20 years, I’ve been emcee for 15,” he mentioned.
Marquette Excessive College pupil Nia Owens sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” and the trio Servants’ Hearts carried out “Say A Prayer For Me.”
Quite a few people prayed for particular areas. The primary was Alton Excessive College Air Power ROTC Cadet Captain Kloe’ –Mae Malson, who prayed for “the way forward for our youth.”
“Assist our youth to develop to be robust leaders,” she mentioned. “Assist them to know that the basis of management is serving these you lead, inserting their wants above your desires.”
She was adopted by Previous Rotary District Governor Larry Thompson, who prayed for schooling.
His prayer requested for “clearness of thoughts” for college kids, and the flexibility to “make good decisions.”
Additionally praying have been Cara Pascal, govt director of Thrive Metro East, for the sanctity of life.
The Rev. Mark Goins, assistant minister at Metropolis of Pleasure Fellowship Church in East St. Louis, prayed for the household.
“We pray that you’d give grace and knowledge to oldsters,” he mentioned. “Additionally that folks lead by instance, not simply phrases.”
John Bolling of the Alton Fireplace Division prayed for firefighters, regulation enforcement and emergency responders, asking contributors that when a fireplace truck or different emergency car goes by, to “say slightly prayer” for them.
Eric McRoy, vice chairman of The Benefit, prayed for enterprise; Mike Roberts, public relations supervisor for the Visiting Nurse Affiliation, prayed for media; Ginger Woodman, co-owner of Woodman Collision Heart, prayed for the army and authorities; and the Rev. Jason Harrison of Deliverance Temple and the Rev. Invoice Pyatt of Bethalto UMC, prayed for the church and nationwide unity.
Pyatt famous in his prayer the numerous completely different background of believers, and that the nation was beset by a “season of discord,” however he additionally prayed “we’re a blessed folks, and we search to be a blessing to others.”
The one controversy was whether or not to make use of “trespasses” or “money owed” when reciting The Lord’s Prayer on the finish.
“We’re going to go together with ‘trespasses’ as a result of we’re about unity,” Wenzel mentioned.
Attain reporter Scott Cousins at 618-208-6447.