Another National Day of Prayer – Memorial Day 2017

Memorial Day 2017 - A Call for National Prayer for Permanent Peace
Memorial Day 2017 – A Call for National Prayer for Permanent Peace

It’s actually amazing on how many times the United States of America has a National Proclamation by the President for National Prayer. Memoria Day is one of those days.

Here is a Prayer for Peace (edited) that I found from Bishop Gregory of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church:

A Prayer for Peace

Lord Jesus Christ, our God, You said to Your disciples, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.”

We come before You in humility and ask that Your peace which surpasses all understanding will descend upon all people around the world, especially those currently in conflict and at war.

Increase understanding and forgiveness between nations. Awaken the longing for a peaceful life in all those who are filled with hatred for their neighbor. Extinguish every dispute and banish all temptations to disagreement. Grant wisdom to civil authorities. Free those held captive, protect those in danger, and comfort those who are suffering and displaced. Implant in all of us reverence for You, and confirm us in love for one another.

Make us worthy to join with the angels in chanting: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill towards men.” For You are the King of Peace and the Savior of our souls and to You we give glory together with Your eternal Father and Your most holy, gracious and life-giving Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

and the Official Proclamation from the President of the United States, Donald Trump.

In honor and recognition of all of our fallen service members, the Congress, by a joint resolution approved May 11, 1950, as amended (36 U.S.C. 116), has requested the President issue a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe each Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace and designating a period on that day when the people of the United States might unite in prayer. The Congress, by Public Law 106-579, has also designated 3:00 p.m. local time on that day as a time for all Americans to observe, in their own way, the National Moment of Remembrance.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, as a day of prayer for permanent peace, and I designate the hour beginning in each locality at 11:00 a.m. of that day as a time when people might unite in prayer. I urge the press, radio, television, and all other information media to cooperate in this observance.

I further ask all Americans to observe the National Moment of Remembrance beginning at 3:00 p.m. local time on Memorial Day.

Join me in prayer for permanent peace today.

Love in Christ!

Fr. Wade+



A Recap of Prayer Around City Hall (part 2)

Fr. David Peoples of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church offers prayer
Fr. David Peoples of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church offers prayer

Prayer Around City Hall is about . . . Prayer

Have you ever attended a “Prayer Meeting” only to discover that the majority of the time was filled with stuff other than prayer? Really? I have, too. Prayer Around City Hall is totally about “Prayer.” Sometimes that seems to be too much for people to endure. So year after year, I’ve set up the keyboard and played some background “prayerful” music unto the Lord.

I believe it was St. Augustine who said, “He who sings, prays twice.” Sometimes during the various prayers, I would enter into a Chorus of “Give Thanks” or “Lord, have mercy”.

Pastor Bernie Hill leading in prayer at Prayer Around City Hall 2017
Pastor Bernie Hill leading in prayer at Prayer Around City Hall 2017

This year, we were blessed to have the following people lead in prayer. Some are pastors, others are community servants and businessmen.

Ed Kirkland praying for those in need.
Ed Kirkland praying for those in need.

Pastor E.T. Pickett III – Word Alive Ministries
Ed Kirkland – Harvest of Souls Ministry & Harvest Meat Markets
Pastor Jon Friedt – Believer’s Fellowship
Pastor Bernie Hill – Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church
Dr. Greg Morris – Leadership Dynamics
R. Stanley Parks – EPIC Church
Ray Allen – Southeastern University
James Joseph – United City
Dr. Richard Harris – Southeastern University
Pastor Eddie Lake – New Bethel AME Church
Bishop Judy Kahler – Saint Bridget’s Celtic Christian Church
Pastor James Collins – Bethany Christian Church
Fr. David Peoples – St. Stephen’s Episcopal
Pastor Brannen Padgett – Redemption Church

Dr. Richard Harris praying for racial harmony in Lakeland
Dr. Richard Harris praying for racial harmony in Lakeland

Claudia Jordan – Talbot House Ministries
Pastor Derek Kelly – Heart of the Father Ministry
Lew Frye – Integrity Business Referrals
Fr. Wade Fahnestock – St. Andrew Church

Prayers were offered for our governmental leaders – National, State, and Local – as well as those who serve in the medical profession, the first responders, the law enforcement officials. James Joseph of United City asked the group to join hands and to pray for the person next to them. Pastor Eddie Lake prayed for our governmental leaders as instruments of justice. Dr. Richard Harris prayed for racial harmony. Bishop Judy Kahler offered a Celtic prayer for blessing and protection. Fr. Wade ended the prayer event with a Prayer for our Enemies. We all prayed the Lord’s prayer together.
Standing in Prayer for Others in Need
Standing in Prayer for Others in Need

Central Florida Food Banks leaders Tony Allen and Donnie McClellan not only joined us in fervent prayer but provided water. Pastor Bernie Hill supplied the ice and coolers. Martha Zambrano (Fr. Wade’s wife) helped set up and coordinated the sign-in table. Claudia Jordan from Talbot house assisted with logistics. Dr. Greg Morris provided input on the format and names of our current governmental leaders. Pastor Derek Kelly from Heart of the Father Ministry lead in prayer and his team helped with the audio system. I’ll cover some more of these specifics in the days to come as well as provide a few follow-up interviews.

All of this was made possible by our sponsors Harvest Meat Markets, Central Florida Food Banks, and Keller Williams Realty. Additional support was provided by Steve and Stephanie Madden, James and Dory Joseph, and Lew and Marleen Frye of Integrity Builders, and facilitated by St. Andrew Church, Lakeland.

In our prayers!

Fr. Wade+
St. Andrew Church

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