SALINA – Kansas Wesleyan University (KWU) will host the 2018 Communitywide Ecumenical Prayer Breakfast from 8 to 9:15 a.m. on Thursday, May 3. The event will be held in Muir Gymnasium, in the Student Activities Center on the KWU campus.
The public is invited to join KWU President and CEO Matt Thompson, Ph.D., and Salina-area church leaders as they come together for this special gathering to enjoy uplifting music, inspiring messages, prayer, reflection and a hot breakfast.
“It is a privilege for Kansas Wesleyan to welcome the community of Salina to our campus for this special time of prayer and fellowship around a meal,” said Thompson. “This springtime tradition brings local people of all faiths together, as people across the nation gather to bless those who lead and serve in a variety of ways.”
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by former President Harry S. Truman.
This is the fifth year KWU has hosted the community prayer breakfast to celebrate the National Day of Prayer. Organizers anticipate 150 attendees representing a variety of denominations from congregations across the county.
This year’s featured speaker is Rev. Allen Smith, pastor of St. John’s Missionary Baptist Church in Salina. He began leading this Bible-believing, Bible-teaching congregation 19 years ago, on April 5, 1999. Smith’s inspirational message will encourage guests to take an active, prayerful role in the community.
“We want to put some feet to our prayers,” said Smith. “It’s not enough just to talk about the change, or pray about the change. We have to be the change. I would encourage people to come with open hearts and open minds, so that we would be open to what God has for us.”
Cost for the breakfast is $10 per person. Advanced registration only. Unfortunately, walk-up registrations cannot be accommodated for this event. Deadline is Thurs., April 26.