America’s national anthem and “God Bless America” got standing ovations, when sang by Dean Newkirk at the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast last Thursday.
Several hundred spiritual, community and political leaders from throughout Rutherford County packed Embassy Suites’ main dining room, as Murfreesboro-based Greenhouse Ministries and Rotary Clubs of Murfreesboro sponsored the event held on National Prayer Day.
“We also welcome today’s ‘Prayer on the Square’ to be held on the west side of the (Rutherford County) Courthouse,” Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg advertised.
“We’re thankful to God, for our mayors (Bragg, Ernest Burgess, Senna Mosley, Sam Tune and Tony Dover) standing up for prayer in our community, as part of America’s 62nd annual National Day of Prayer,” said Greenhouse Director Cliff Sharp in welcoming those in attendance.
Tennessee Senior Judge Don Ash led prayer for “mayors and local government,” expressing “thankfulness” for the “beautiful day” and the “joy” of living in a “very caring community.”
Murfreesboro Chief of Police Glen Chrisman echoed “prayers” for local and national military personnel and families.
“We thank God for our community, and those military people who put their lives on the line routinely for our nation’s safety,” Chrisman added.
The chief of police was followed by Murfreesboro Post columnist Dan Whittle, who led prayer for America’s “media professionals.”
“Father God, thanks for our forefathers you gave the wisdom in crafting a nation based on freedom of speech, freedom of religion as evidenced here this morning, as well as freedom of the press,” Whittle shared. First Bank President Ben Weatherford voiced “humility” for sharing life in a “progressive community with a strong job market.”
“God, we’re blessed to reside in a community that is led by great community and political leaders, and such a progressive Chamber of Commerce,” the banker invested prayer-wise.
Orthopedic surgeon Rick Rogers had medical-related caregivers stand for special prayer, as he praised staffs at the county’s health care facilities.
“Guard our nurses tender hearts, bless doctors’ ability to diagnose and help direct researchers, leading them to find cures for dreaded diseases,” Rogers added. “And thank God for giving our leaders vision, so the people will not perish.”
Murfreesboro City School President Mary Wade offered prayers for educators and students: “May our schools be a safe place…may we give students what they need for the future…Lord, thank you for blessing our superintendents and principals, plus teachers in the classroom.”
Christian Life Church Pastor Ron Kairdolf “thanked God” for good area political leaders, “including mayors who are willing to lead and volunteers, including those at helping Greenhouse Ministries committed to the lost and loving the needy.”
Mike Courtney, executive director of Branches, a non-profit agency that works with family counseling and addicted persons, asked God for “wisdom in restoring families to prominence in our society.”
Former Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce director Ralph Vaughn concluded the morning prayer vigil, praising “all leaders” throughout the community.