Thursday, April 7, 2011

Answering the Call to Serve: An Interreligious and Ecumenical Prayer Service

All Saintsers Zelda Kennedy and Susan Russell joined faith and civic leaders at Pasadena's St. Andrew's Roman Cathllic Church this morning for an interfaith prayer service honoring Pasadena Police and Fire Departments and all "first responders" who help secure the safety of the Pasadena community.

The service was part of St. Andrew's 125th Anniversary celebration and was led by Reverend Paul Sustayta. Intefaith participants included Christian, Jewish and Muslim faith leaders: the Rt. Reverend Alexei Smith; the Reverend Pat O'Reilly; Pastor Jean Burch; Rabbi Joshua Levine-Grater; Pastor Henry Siderpoulos; Imam Jihad Saafir and the Reverend Bob Gaestel.

Music was provided by the Saint Monica's Academy High School Singers and city leaders in attendance included Mayor Bill Bogaard (pictured left) and Police Chief Phillip Sanchez ... along with many members of both the police and fire departments.

Pictured below: Pat O'Reilly -- Executive Director of the Ecumenical Council of Pasadena and an Episcopal priest -- with Zelda Kennedy during the reception following the service.

Holy God, in your Word you have given us a vision of that holy City to which the nations of the world bring their glory: Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth. Renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life. Send us honest and able leaders. Enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression, that peace may prevail with righteousness, and justice with order, and that men and women from different cultures and with differing talents may find with one another the fulfillment of their humanity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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