(MURFREESBORO) It has been 13-years since the tradition of having a MAYORS PRAYER BREAKFAST was started by Greenhouse Ministries. Thursday (5/2/2019) morning's turnout at the Mid-TN Expo Center showed the power of diversity in uniting people as well as denominations.
Along those lines, Greenhouse Ministries' CEO Bill Rawnsley said . . .
Back in 2006, former Murfreesboro Mayor Tommy Bragg approached Sharp and asked that he consider bringing the community together on the National Day of Prayer for a morning of prayer for the different communities in Rutherford County to ask for guidance and blessings on each municipalities' mayors. The rest is history.
Greenhouse Ministries Co-Founder Cliff Sharp reminisced on WGNS, "Businessman Bill Lee spoke at that first prayer breakfast, and shared that occasions like this one are showing him the importance of getting more involved in government. He obviously took that to heart, because was sworn-in as Tennessee's fiftieth governor this past January 19, 2019."
Rawnsley painted a word picture of what occurred at the MAYORS PRAYER BREAKFAST . . .
Those leading today's prayers included:
- Prayers for GOVERNMENT: Joe Carr
- Prayers for CHURCH: Pastor Brady Cooper
- Prayers for FAMILY: Hunter McFarlin
- Prayers for EDUCATION: Linda Gilbert
- Prayers for MILITARY: Chaplain James Horn
- Prayers for ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT: Ann Cross
- Prayers for BUSINESS: Wayne Belt
- Prayers for BANKING: Ben Weatherford
- Prayers for MEDIA: Bart Walker
One participant noted, "I don't remember seeing the parking lot here this full since it was a thriving grocery store decades ago."
While another observed, "Not only is this a diverse group of people, it is also a cross-section of denominations--and that's the amazingly wonderful thing about this community. It keeps the lines of communications open between all parts of the Heart of Tennessee."
The 2019 MAYORS PRAYER BREAKFAST was held at the Mid-TN Expo Center, 1660 Middle Tennessee Boulevard.
To learn more about Greenhouse Ministries, check their website: www.GreenhouseMin.org.