Residents Meet for National Day of Prayer

Alderman Lee Wynn facilitates the prayer meeting. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit

Will Hanke, the pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, prays aloud for the church in America. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Brentwood residents offered up their share of prayers to God yesterday during the National Day of Prayer celebration at city hall. About 40 people participated, including three local church pastors, several city officials and 17 students from Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School.

The National Day of Prayer was established by Congress in 1952 as a time to pray for the nation and government officials. It has been held on the first Thursday in May since 1988.

In Brentwood it has been held at city hall for nearly 20 years, say Susan Zimmer and Marijke White. Both women, who live in Brentwood, organize it here through the St. Louis-based Gateway National Day of Prayer Committee. City Alderman Lee Wynn, who facilitated the one-hour meeting, said it’s not held outside by the flagpole like it is in some communities because the traffic on Brentwood Boulevard is so loud.

The National Day of Prayer has been celebrated at Brentwood City Hall for about 20 years. (Photo by Steve Bowman)
Lee Wynn opens the meeting. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Henke, Kloppmann, Siefert Lead Prayers

Jack Siefert calls for people to communicate more effectively. He is the senior pastor at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

The event began yesterday with prayers by three local pastors. Mount Calvary Lutheran Church’s Will Henke prayed for the church. Karl Kloppmann of Brentwood Bible Church prayed for schools. Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church’s Jack Siefert prayed for people to communicate better.

Wynn added a prayer for the American family.

Then there was an open prayer time for adults. Among those prayed for were Brentwood police officers and firefighters.

“Father, we’re a needy people and we know it,” prayed one woman, “but you’re a mighty God and we know that too.”

The Rev. Karl Kloppmann of Brentwood Bible Church prays for schools in America. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Wynn then invited the 17 students from Miss Greschner and Mrs. Jorcke’s third-grade and fourth-grade classes at Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic School to pray. One boy prayed for animals, and for God to “Please take care of my dog so he lives a long time.” A girl prayed for her neighbor with cancer. Another girl prayed for teachers. A boy prayed that people would not pollute the world and wouldn’t “throw trash everywhere.” Finally, a boy prayed for his cousin who is sick with strep throat.

A student from St. Mary Magdalen Catholic School bows her head in prayer. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Wynn gave adults one more opportunity to pray aloud before adjourning the meeting, which ended with the group singing “God Bless America.”

Afterward, the students ate pizza while Mayor Pat Kelly spoke to them about how the city is run and the services it provides.

Mayor Pat Kelly answers students’ questions about how Brentwood is run. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Other city officials who attended the prayer meeting included City Administrator Bola Akande and Court Administrator Carol Moses.

Sponsored by Focus On the Family, the National Day of Prayer includes large gatherings on the Mall in Washington D.C. and in thousands of cities across America. Typically, the President of the United States and all 50 governors issue proclamations for occasion.

Marijke White co-organized the event in Brentwood. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

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