Ches. City prayer ser­vice was ‘in­spi­ra­tional’

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER

jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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-

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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.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

The Rev. Timothy Brady, as­so­ciate pas­tor of St. Joseph Parish, reads the pres­i­den­tial procla­ma­tion af­firm­ing May 5 as the 65th Na­tional Day of Prayer.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JANE BELLMYER

Carol Wolle and Bette Luzetsky join in the prayers at the sev­enth an­nual Na­tional Day of Prayer Ser­vice at Trin­ity United Methodist Church.

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