Parliamentary prayer breakfast held

| 13/10/2017
CNS Local Life

Franz Manderson with his mother, Jenny Manderson

(CNS Local Life): Attendees at the 22nd annual National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast prayed for the Cayman Islands and its people, sang hymns and held hands Wednesday, 11 October. Opening the event and welcoming the gathering, Legislative Assembly Speaker McKeeva Bush paid homage to the late Dr Edlin Merren, who was instrumental in getting the tradition of the parliamentary prayer breakfast started in the Cayman Islands in 1990.

Austin Harris, Councillor in the Ministry of Human Resources, Immigration and Community Affairs, emceed the event. Rico Orrett-Ebanks led the singing of the National Anthem, followed by the National Song, stated a government press release.

Prayers were offered by LA Serjeant-at-Arms and Pastor, John Kim Evans Jr, (opening prayer), Deputy Governor Franz Manderson (for Cayman Islands Government), Pastor Garett Haylock (for families), Pastor Shian O’Conner (for national leaders), Pastor Alson Ebanks (for young people), Pastor Neriah LeBlanc (for the region) and Pastor James Arch (closing prayer).

Premier Alden McLaughlin, former Speaker Mary Lawrence and former Speaker and government minister Linford Pierson all read scripture.

Hymns included two led by Bush, accompanied by organist Catherine Jackson, and a duet by Sister Freda Blake and Abigail Kirchman.

Guest speaker Rev. Yvette Noble-Bloomfield, who was introduced by MLA Kenneth Bryan, electrified the gathering with her powerful, thought-provoking speech, said the press release. “This nation is poised for great things and the time is now to excel under God,” she said.

Urging all in the community to become stewards of their time and their God-given lives, she advised people to spend their time usefully on personal spiritual reflection, on ethical behaviour and actions, as well as maturing emotionally and maintaining personal self-discipline.


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