Wheeler Avenue Church of Christ minister Jay Loyd took no exception with the theme of the 10th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast last week.
Loyd, who is also a girls basketball coach at Booneville High School did, however, define one of the particular words in Matthew 12:21: In His name the nations will put their hope." The theme mirrored that of the National Day of Prayer on which the breakfast is held each year.
"Whenever we come together and think about America we need to understand that America is not the President; America is not the Congress; America is not the Supreme Court," said Loyd. "This is America right here. The theme of the National Day of Prayer is putting our hope in our Creator.
"A lot of times whenever we think of our nation we think in terms of institutions and we fail to think about the individual. You’re America. I’m America. Not the people that live a thousand miles away that make the decisions that impact our nation."
As such the prayer for America should include those pleading with God, Loyd added.
"If we’re going to expect our nation as a whole to put their faith and put their hope in the Lord, it has to begin with you and it has to begin with me," he said. "We have to feel a personal responsibility in order to make sure that we’re not so concerned about the White House that we forget what’s going on in our house.
"If we’re concerned with them taking the Bible out of school and the courts and those things, then we have to make sure that the Bible stays in our heart."
The breakfast, which is sponsored each year by First Western and the City of Booneville serves as a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County.
Thursday’s attendance was estimated at about 250, or about 25 fewer than a year ago, which was also down from 2011. It was also held on the same day a prayer breakfast was held in Paris for the first time.
About $2,600 will be donated to the club through the efforts, according to Toni Catlett of First Western. That too is down from last year when the event raised a record $3,300.
The breakfast is also a platform for three citizen awards each year. Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins last week presented a Citizen Volunteer Appreciation Award to Dixie Trowbridge for her work with the Booneville Animal Shelter.
"She goes over and beyond," Wilkins said of Trowbridge before listing work including caring for, organizing adoptions and shots for animals at the shelter.
Community National Bank was presented a Community Service Award for its involvement in various community activities and an Citizen of the Year Award went to David Fritsche.
Fritsche, Wilkins said, "does everything for the community he can — donates, works, call him on the phone at home any time of night."