FAIRFIELD — Dozens of people participating in the National Day of Prayer that took place Thursday in the City Council chamber heard invocations for the military, government, media, prisoners, the unborn and others.
“We choose to stop pointing our finger at the sins of others, and examine our own hearts and lives,” reads part of the Prayer for the Nation.
The Rev. Tony Adams of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield followed the prayer about government with a plea for youths.
“Put them in schools, God, don’t put them in prison,” Adams said.
In a prayer that followed for the unborn, it was said people have forgotten how precious the gift of life is.
Raymond Courtemanche of Mission Solano in his prayer for the homeless called for a spirit of restoration.
“Pray for those vagabonds – those who are walking through this world homeless,” he said. “Bring help, hope and healing to a nation and a community that is riddled with violence.”
Marilyn Ojeda, co-pastor of the Family Celebration Center in Fairfield, said the National Day of Prayer is the 63th such event in America.
The Rev. David Wordsmith in his invocation for the incarcerated asked God to “teach them to turn their cell into a sanctuary.”
“You are what they need,” Wordsmith said of God. “They have every secular antidote,” he said, “but it’s not working.”
Wordsmith urged the media to stop sensationalizing negativity.
Adams, who made the closing comment, spoke of the challenging times Fairfield faces and asked for God’s help.
“We are here in City Hall and we are not complaining,” he said. “We believe that you can change this city.”
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