Tuesday, January 13, 2009

City Wide Prayer Breakfast

It's a busy week with meetings every night. Thanks God every week is not like this. But, it's the first of the year and we need to meet all of the administrative committees to get things organized for the new year. In addition to the night meetings I have two Prayer Breakfasts.

This morning I attended the City Wide Prayer Breakfast for those who love and serve Spartanburg, SC. This is the eighth year of this United Methodist Women's sponsored event at Bethel.

The speaker was Mayor Bill Barnet who gave a challenging and graceful speech. He is a good leader and we are fortunate to have him in our city. A group from Silver Hill United Methodist Church sang beautifully. The fellowship hall was filled with people who were joining in prayer for all those who serve: first responders, protectors of the city, all who love and serve often without recognition.

Everybody there was aware that difficult times are ahead. The mayor warned of 14% unemployment, maybe. That means that suffering will be extended to many who will be out of work.

We prayed for God's help as we seek to do God's will in Spartanburg. May God use our diversity and our likenesses to help move this city forward. May we reach out even more to those in need. And, may we with faith reach out even more to each other.

Dave Nichols

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