Community gathering focuses on prayer
Thursday, May 7, is the National Day of Prayer and Wilton will have its own observance at noon in the Brubeck Room at Wilton Library.
Adrienne Reedy of Wilton is the area coordinator for all of Fairfield County, and the prayer day organizers are working toward a goal of having an event in every city or town in the state.
“Our event is a lot different from what national headquarters provides,” she said, adding the event is designed around the needs and concerns of people in Wilton. The entire community is welcome; no RSVP is required.
“We pray for areas of concern that would impact everybody,” Reedy said. “We’re praying for our children and youth, for our families, for people struggling with mental illness, our military, our leaders, and we pray for [an end to] the extremism going on in the world. During each of the prayers a candle will be lit.
“We try to focus on areas where we can all come together and really pray.”
The program is still being formed, but Reedy said Cynthia Kim, co-founder of Children of Fallen Patriots (fallenpatriots.org) will participate in a candle-lighting ceremony, as will Shalini Madaras, mother of Nick Madaras, killed in service to his country while fighting in Iraq.
There will also be music.
Reedy stressed that while clergy will participate, the theme of the event is “prayer by the people for the people.”
“It’s people in our community who pray and light the candles,” she said.
Lunch will be served after the service.
“We meet every Wednesday morning at 10 and talk about our faith journey,” she said. “We have conversations about God and the reality of God in our lives. We open it up for questions and discovery.”
Some of the topics they have considered are forgiveness and having hope in a time of hopelessness.
“We have really great conversations that help people to get on their journey, their faith journey,” she said.
“We are probably one of the few places where people can have these conversations … when people go to church they are used to being talked to” as opposed to having a dialogue. Within the prayer group, women can talk and “not be judged. We can have an open and honest dialogue.
“Some people may never step a foot in church,” she said, “but this is an opportunity to have these conversations. It’s been wonderful.”
Click here to view a video of Wilton police officer Anna Tornello singing at last year’s event.
For general information on the National Day of Prayer, visit nationaldayofprayer.org.