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Religions gather for Day of Prayer


National time to pray for the country



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Ambassador Andrew Young speaks to the Rotary Club of North Fulton May 2 during their annual National Day of Prayer interfaith breakfast. JONATHAN COPSEY. (click for larger version)
May 06, 2013
NORTH FULTON, Ga. – The first Thursday of May was the National Day of Prayer, and residents of North Fulton honored the nation's freedom of religion with several events throughout the area.

The Rotary Club of North Fulton held its annual breakfast, while the city of Alpharetta offered several locations and Roswell held its traditional ceremony at the Faces of War Memorial near City Hall.

The day kicked off with the 12th annual interfaith breakfast at the Metropolitan Club hosted by the Rotary Club of North Fulton and featuring former Ambassador Andrew Young as the keynote speaker.

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The Fellowship Christian School choir sang hymns during Roswell’s event at the Faces of War Memorial. JONATHAN COPSEY. (click for larger version)
Young is a vigorous speaker who has been a leading figure in Atlanta politics since the Civil Rights era.

"We have been given the blessings of God more than any other people in the world," he said.

Members of several faiths gathered to pray for the nation as well as to educate others about their religions.

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Roswell Mayor Jere Wood issues a proclamation honoring the National Day of Prayer, May 2. The Rev. Neville Billy, left, organized Roswell’s event. JONATHAN COPSEY. (click for larger version)
"Each soul is spiritually divine," said Brother Shakara, representing the Hindu faith. "It's the goal of our lives to manifest that divinity."

Rabbi Fred Greene of Temple Beth Tikvah, representing the Jewish faith, said the only way the world can change is if people work hard for it.

"We are a nation in need of healing," Greene said. "We have to take that leap of faith if we want to see change in the world."

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The National Day of Prayer is held each year on the first Thursday in May. This year, there were several events throughout North Fulton. JONATHAN COPSEY. (click for larger version)
Beyond simple work, faith is important, said Bassam Fakhoury of the Islamic Speakers Bureau.

"One of the duties we have is to be thankful to God," Fakhoury said. "In God's eyes, we are all equal except [how much] we follow his commands."

In Roswell, the ceremony in the woods behind City Hall began with a call on the Shofar horn by members of the Beth Hallel congregation before the Rev. Neville Billy took over as master of ceremonies.

The crowd of about 100 people prayed for each segment of society – from praying for wise government to keeping military service members safe and the media and businesses honest and moral.

Children from the Fellowship Christian School kindergarten choir sang the national anthem and members of the U.S. Coast Guard Pipe Band performed.

"Prayer is our nation's greatest national resource, yet our nation's most under-utilized resource," said Billy, organizer of the Roswell event.

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    North Atlanta Interfaith Prayer Breakfast
    May 10, 2013 | 12:14 PM

    Appen Newspapers

    on behalf of the Rotary Club of North Fulton, thank you for reporting on our 12th annual prayer breakfast which featured Ambassador Andrew Young as our featured speaker.

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    Mike Mudd
    Alpharetta
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