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Cape Coral marks National Day of Prayer

By Staff | May 5, 2017

It was a day to unite voices in prayer and praise God, to remember that our nation was born from the words in scripture.

That’s what Dan Lumadue, pastor of Kings Way Christian Center, said Thursday as dozens gathered outside of Pop’s Cafe at City Hall as he and several other area pastors celebrated the National Day of Prayer in Cape Coral.

Prayer was offered by five local pastors for those who serve our communities, whether they be governmental, educational or out on the streets keeping us safe.

Lumadue said that the day serves as a reminder of where the values of this country were founded and how they have remained centuries later in spite of all the tumult and divisiveness in our country’s political discourse, and that we should be embracing guidance from the Lord instead of shutting him out.

“The founders of this country were convinced that the unique and exceptional nature of this nation was not due to its human qualities or resources of the land, but to the unalienable truth from holy scriptures and the unwavering reliance on the Lord from whom all of these blessings we now enjoy flow,” Lumadue said.

The 30-minute event featured song from Timothy Heard, fellow pastor at Kingsway, who sang the National Anthem which included the seldom-heard second verse, as well as “God Bless America.”

Other areas pastors joined in prayer for other areas. Rick Stevens of Diplomat Church, prayed for local, state and national governments; Dennis Gingerich, of Cape Christian Fellowship Church, prayed for first responders; James Wigton of First Baptist Church of Cape Coral, prayed for the churches; and Mike Faircloth of New Hope Baptist Fellowship, prayed for schools. Lumadue also prayed at the end of the service.

The event at city hall was among more than 30,000 events of all shapes and sizes nationwide, which were attended by more than 2 million people.

“Our prayer is more than just a shared expression of faith, but a recognition that united prayer of those who call out to God in our community is a vital part of the process to seek God for unity, peace, protection and blessing to our community and nation,” Lumadue said as he talked about the meaning of the day and its history, which goes back to Benjamin Franklin in 1775. “Prayer is as important today as it was in the beginning.”

Lumadue said he thought things went well with more than two dozen people joining the service.

“It’s an important event, and I think people recognize when they come that the significance of it. When two or three are gathered in his name, he is present,” Lumadue said.