Dr. William Sauser, pastor of the Union Springs Presbyterian Church for 21 years, welcomed 33 folks to the monthly Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on August 5, 2019 at 7:00 a.m. (Photo by Faye Gaston)

By Faye Gaston

The Union Springs Presbyterian Church was the host for the monthly Mayor's Prayer Breakfast on August 5, 2019. Seated at the head table were Union Springs Mayor Saint T. Thomas, Jr., Midway Mayor Mildred Whittington, and pastor of the church, Dr. William Sauser. The welcome and blessing on the breakfast were given. Mayor Thomas recognized the public officials present and thanked the cooks, who were several women members of the church, for the huge buffet breakfast.

All prayers were prayed in the name of Jesus Christ. Prayers were offered in the usual eight categories: for lost souls by minister Dr. William Sauser; state and national concerns by Tom Pugh; city and county concerns by Minister Gary Lewis; schools by Solomon Marlow, Jr.; law enforcement & fire fighters by Police Chief Danny Jackson; and for those with catastrophic illness, Minister Suzanna Fitzpatrick.

In praying for the military, Bruce Smithart prayed to lift up in prayer the men and women in U.S. armed forces in bases all over the world. He prayed that God would keep them from harm's way and to protect them with strength, hope and peace wherever they serve. He thanked God for the military who are willing to give up their lives to protect our country.

Serving as Chaplain at the local prison, Frank Gossett, prayed for the churches to lift up the name of Jesus as they are the salt and light of this world, and the hands and feet of Jesus.

Public announcements were made, including the place of the next Mayor's Prayer Breakfast to be Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church on September 2, 2019.

Appreciation for the fellowship at these monthly prayer breakfasts was prayed several times. Adjournment was the holding of hands while singing, "Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love."

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