published: Friday, September 13, 2013
Business owners gather for annual blessing
By BARRY FOSTER
SEBRING -- Business owners, community leaders, residents and representatives of the local faith community turned out Wednesday at the Jack Stroup Civic Center in the Allen Altvater Cultural Complex for the annual Blessing of the Businesses.
Based on the blessing of the fleet activities in Destin, the event is designed to give members of the business community an opportunity to seek prayer for their economic efforts.
The colors were presented by a team from the Lake Placid High School Reserve Officer Training Corps followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and an opening prayer from Sebring Mayor George Hensley.
Pastor George Hall of Avon Park Lakes Baptist Church served as master of ceremonies, introducing keynote speaker 10th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Angela Cowden, offering prayer and teaming up with business partner and church deacon Devon Donaldson for a rendition of "Sinner Saved by Grace," which earned them a standing ovation from the audience.
Hall offered a wide-ranging prayer, noting the current persecution of Christians in Syria and praying for guidance for elected officials spanning levels from national to the most local governmental representatives.
Judge Cowden, a former "preacher's kid," delivered a succinct and powerful message on Biblical directives for prosperity for the group's economic efforts, quoting from the Apostle Paul's letters to the Thessalonians and the Ephesians and saying that those who are blessed by God in turn should be a blessing to those in need.
She also turned to the book of Proverbs to discuss the idea of wisdom and the notion that "riches" included more than just money and admonished those in attendance to "leave a legacy" of blessings.
A time of prayer and fellowship then was offered at each of the individual tables, with "table captains" designated to take prayer requests and to talk with those who needed prayer or who wanted to share prayer requests.
Closing the gathering was Rev. Robert Shannon of the Wings of Faith Church. He offered intercessory prayer for the business community as well as a blessing on those in attendance. That was followed by the ladies of Wings of Faith who performed an acapella gospel rendition of the hymn "Blessed Assurance."
As part of the activities, businesses could ask for further contact from the Jericho Prayer Team. That group meets weekly to pray for the concerns of the community, nation and the world. Those who wished could fill out a card at the table and have a prayer team member subsequently contact the business or individual in the following week.
Very Nice (by: Guest - 9/15/2013)
Very nice service, Best to all.
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