VIDEO: Annual faith event precedes mayor's final prayer breakfast set next week

Published on Saturday, 26 April 2014 00:14 - Written by Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

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Mayor Barbara Bass will hold her last prayer breakfast event as mayor next week.

“It’s very nostalgic for me,” she said Thursday at the annual prayer and fasting event that is held with pastors and law enforcement a week before the breakfast. “It’s phenomenal to see our faith community come out each year.”

The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast coincides with the national Day of Prayer. The event will begin at 6:30 a.m. May 1 at Harvey Convention Center. About 800 are expected to attend the event. This year’s theme is “One Voice, United in Prayer.”

“This event brings us together as a faith-based community,” Mayor Bass said. “I pray we will continue to have a strong faith foundation.”

Prayers at Thursday’s event included those for unity in the community, the faith community, local and national government, local educators and students, Israel, the U.S. military, families and first responders.

“It’s really important that we have the kind of leadership that we do with Mayor Bass and the synagogue and churches,” Tyler Fire Chief Tim Johnson said. “It’s refreshing to know we can come together. For first responders, it’s a feel-good thing to be recognized. We don’t need it, we don’t look for it because we love what we do, but it’s nice to know people are praying for us.”

The national day of prayer will continue with Prayer on the Square from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 1.