Annual event offers prayers for many
Fifty or so people took time out from their day on May 5 to observe National Prayer Day at noon at Wilton Library. The first Thursday in May each year is recognized as National Prayer Day, and the annual event here is hosted by Morning Meditations with Sisters in Community, a prayer group that meets weekly at the home of Adrienne Reedy.
Following a proclamation from Gov. Dannel Malloy, read by First Selectman Lynne Vanderslice, Reedy welcomed those assembled. She explained that her group “prays for this community every single week. … We believe in the power of prayer.”
To illustrate that, 11 community members and guests led the assembly in prayers for those near and far:
- Pastor Dave Gish — for families.
- Pastor Steve Kim — for children, youth and schools.
- Donna Savage — for people dealing with mental illness.
- Pastor Ferdinand Serra — for people with long-term illnesses and their caregivers.
- Adrienne Reedy — for people impacted by domestic violence.
- Diane Maudsley — for people with addictions.
- The Rev. Anne Coffman — for the media and its moral compass.
- Pam Brown — for the nation.
- Father Reggie Norman — for the presidential election.
- Steve Reedy — for our leaders and our military.
- Raymonda Samawi — for peace in our world threatened by terrorism and extremism.
As each prayer was said, members of the community, acting as acolytes, lit a candle at the foot of the stage: Mary Higgins, Quinn Reedy, Marianne Gustafson, Cindy Shillinglaw, Katy Williams, Lisa Stevens, Lindsay Prospect, police Capt. John Lynch, Wendy Cozzens, Jeff Turner, and Renee Walsh.
Laurie Forcade and Catherine Samosa served as ushers, and Don Wolgemuth performed a prelude on piano and accompanied the singers.
Songs included a hymn sung by Reedy; Nine Down Five Rounds, a song written and sung by Quinn Reedy commemorating those killed in the Charleston, S.C., church shooting; and Softly and Tenderly by police Officer Anna Tornello.
The guest speaker was Nathan Hart, associate pastor at Stanwich Congregational Church in Greenwich, who read from the Book of Joel and spoke of the story of the prodigal son and how it is “a perfect encapsulation of the gospel.”
The story is that of a young man who talks his father into giving him his inheritance early and then proceeds to squander it. When he returns, broke and in tatters, he expects his father to reject him. Instead, his father welcomes him with open arms.
“It’s basically a summary of the pattern of the relationship between us and God,” Hart said. “We are given much by God; because of sin we squander it. Some of us, when we reach the end of ourselves, we decide to return. We can’t imagine we would be taken back in as sons or daughters, but God in his grace pours himself out. … He pours out his love, not his wrath.”
Those who wished to continue with the event were invited to fill out prayer request cards, which the Sisters in Community would remember at their weekly gatherings. For information on the prayer meetings, email firstname.lastname@example.org.