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Duneland Community Prayer Breakfast draws a crowd

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The 16th annual Duneland Community Prayer Breakfast, held on Wednesday in the Trinity Hall of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, was once again well supported and attended by the Duneland faith community.

Mike Harris, as is customary, served as host and master of ceremonies of the event, modeled on a breakfast attended more than 63 years ago by President Dwight Eisenhower for the express purpose of bringing all sides together in prayer.

Presenting the colors were Chesterton Police Chief Dave Cincoski and the CPD Color Guard, with Chesterton Town Manager Bernie Doyle leading attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Then Father Jon Plavcan welcomed all with a brief prayer for the community and nation, followed by special music performed by the Chesterton High School Camarata choral group.

After breakfast Harris recognized the many community leaders in attendance and introduced Paul Boyter of the Duneland Chamber of Commerce, who shared his strong belief in community and faith in all the areas we serve.

Pastor Dave Gargano of Road to Life then read scripture from II Chronicles on the divine protection of the people of faith from adversity, and Tim Harris prayed for this community, the state, and the nation.

Keynote speaker Mark Heckler, president of Valparaiso University, chose as his theme “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” a poem written by William Walford in 1845 and set to music by then famous melody writer William Bradbury, who also set to music “Jesus Loves Me” and “Just as I Am”:

Sweet hour of prayer! Sweet hour of prayer!

That calls us from a world of care,

And bids me at my Father's throne

Make all my wants and wishes known.

In seasons of distress and grief;

My soul has often found relief,

And oft escaped the tempter's snare

By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

Heckler shared his personal dedication to his own sweet hour of prayer and its rewards and spoke of his relationship with his wife and their five children and nine grandchildren in the context of “Sweet Hour of Prayer”: “Pray to rejoice. Pray for thanks. Pray to heal. Pray to succeed. Pray when we fail. Pray to see clearly. Pray to hear without prejudice. Pray.”

The Camarata group then led the entire crowd of over 300 in attendance in the singing of “God Bless America,” with a closing prayer offered by Westville United Methodist Church pastor Cathy Allison.


Posted 10/6/2017




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