Ches. City prayer service was ‘inspirational’
— Organizers of the National Day of Prayer service held Thursday night at Trinity United Methodist Church are already considering ways to improve attendance at next year’s service.
“I think the weather may have had some impact,” said Eileen Viars, president of the Chesapeake City Ecumenical Association, which organized the NDOP event. “I wish turnout was better.”
This was the first evening service that CCEA hosted. The previous six were noontime events in Pell Gardens. While it was moved indoors because of the blustery weather, Viars did say there were a few more people in the pews compared to previous attendances.
“I’m sorry more people weren’t here to enjoy it,” Cathy Ebright, a Chesapeake City resident in the audience, said. “This was wonderful. I was very inspired.”
National Day of Prayer began as a movement in 1952, but became law in 1988 when President Ronald Reagan signed a bill designating the first Thursday in May as National Day of Prayer.
During the latest local celebrations, prayers from a variety of clergy members and the community were offered, centered around the National Day of Prayer theme “Wake Up America!”
There were prayers for elected and appointed officials, with mention of the current presidential races. Intercession was re-
quested for the military, for the schools, businesses, volunteers; for peace and justice and for the powerless.
There was also a passionate plea on behalf of CCEA offered by Minister Lorenzo Hall from Star of Bethlehem Church in Delaware. He thanked God for the organization and its service to the hungry and needy in the community and asked that more volunteers join to help.
Carol Wolle, from Chesapeake City, was especially taken with Hall’s prayer.
“The ecumenical movement in Chesapeake City brought me here,” she said. “I was very impressed with the work they do.”
This was Wolle’s first time attending a National Day of Prayer event.
“I wish there could have been more,” she said of the hour-long service in the sanctuary.
Bette Luzetsky smiled when asked her thoughts at the conclusion of the service.
“I have peace. I feel peaceful,” the Chesapeake City woman said. “It’s inspirational.”
The Rev. Timothy Brady, associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish, reads the presidential proclamation affirming May 5 as the 65th National Day of Prayer.
The Rev. Charlotte Moore offers a prayer for families, one of the focal points of prayer during the Thursday night National Day of Prayer Service at Trinity United Methodist Church in Chesapeake City.
Carol Wolle and Bette Luzetsky join in the prayers at the seventh annual National Day of Prayer Service at Trinity United Methodist Church.