National Day of Prayer observed

MORGAN CITY — About 20 to 30 people gathered in the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium for a special service for National Day of Prayer to pray for those within the community and around the country including governmental officials, military personnel, churches and prisoners.

The special service was moved to the auditorium due to the chance of rain from its normal location on the grounds of City Hall.

Pastors and ministers from the East St. Mary Parish Ministerial Alliance went up to the podium one by one to pray for specific groups of people. The alliance includes communities east of Calumet.

The Rev. Terry Bunner, pastor of New Life Tabernacle in Morgan City and president of the East St. Mary Parish Ministerial Alliance, prayed for the president and vice-president and federal officials.

The Rev. Ronnie Cuvillier, pastor of Higher Ground Family Church in Stephensville, prayed for state officials, including the governor and state legislators.

The Rev. Herb Stanley, children’s pastor at Cornerstone Ministries in Morgan City, prayed for local officials and for churches and ministry organizations.

The Rev. Nathan Rush, pastor of First Baptist Church in Morgan City, prayed for prisoners and for those who are persecuted.

The Rev. Nell Lamury, associate pastor of Word of Life Family Church in Patterson, prayed for families.

The Rev. Tommy Fromenthal, senior pastor at Cornerstone Ministries in Morgan City, prayed for military personnel and families of military personnel and for renewal and moral awakening.

Members of the community along with elected officials, including Morgan City Mayor Frank “Boo” Grizzaffi and Mayor Pro-tem Louis Tamporello, were also in attendance.

Cuvillier, a past president of the East St. Mary Parish Ministerial Alliance, said the National Day of Prayer has been a national proclamation for about 60 years.

Cuvillier has been involved with the National Day of Prayer service in Morgan City for about 15 years.

The service is normally well attended because it is at usually at City Hall, and people at surrounding businesses hear the speaker and come by, Cuvillier said. He said he was concerned about the turnout for the event this year due to the change of venue but said he was pleased with the turnout.

Higher Ground Family Church also started providing Quiznos sandwiches several years ago at the event to make it more convenient for people to attend the service on their lunch breaks, Cuvillier said.

Morgan City has been consistently holding a National Day of Prayer service over the years, he said. Patterson used to hold a service and Berwick just started holding its service again this year, Cuvillier said. “Morgan City’s the only one that has never stopped,” he said.

The City of Morgan City actually sets up the service, Cuvillier said. “All we do is we take care of making sure there’s ministers here to pray and that there’s somebody to do music,” he said.

Some attendees wished more people would have attended the special service. “Our nation needs this. I wish the community would have been out here more but we pray for them too, for those who weren’t able to make it,” Sheila Hue of Morgan City said.

Debbie Breaux of Pierre Part, who attended the service with her parents, said she was disappointed with the turnout. “All across the land, maybe all our voices together he’ll (God will) hear it,” Breaux said.

Earl Williams of Patterson said this year was his first time to attend the National Day of Prayer service in Morgan City. Williams came to “hear the word and pray for the needy,” he said.

“It’s time that we do come together and pray and have peace and harmony among ourselves,” Williams said.

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