Kingsport mayor invites public to prayer breakfast

Matthew Lane • May 2, 2017 at 10:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Mayor John Clark is offering an invitation to the community, for people of all faiths to join him at Glen Bruce Park on Thursday for the National Day of Prayer.

The Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held on May 4 at the park beginning at 7:30 a.m. Clark plans to offer a brief prayer and a few comments about the Kingsport spirit, then enjoy some fellowship with attendees.

Clark, a member of St. Dominic Church, said the event will last 15 to 30 minutes and will be similar to last year’s event.

“I’m more private when comes to prayer, and I’d rather have it be low-key, and then people can pursue other events or initiatives that are more specific to their particular religion,” Clark said.

At a separate event in Blountville, Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable is scheduled to provide opening remarks. The  Blountville National Day of Prayer event will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the flagpole in front of the historic Sullivan County Courthouse, barring inclement weather, in which case the event will move indoors to the commission room.

The National Day of Prayer began in 1952 and is a day designated by the United States Congress when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” Our local events are designed to unite and encourage the community through fellowship and prayer.

Clark said he will comment about the city’s centennial and the Kingsport spirit, then offer a prayer for the country, the state, our city and its citizens.

“Our national election showed that our country, the citizens are divided a great deal. In Kingsport, we have a lot of unity,” Clark said. “I’ll speak of the Kingsport spirit, the aim-high mindset that produces results, that improves the quality of life for our citizens, and I’ll make reference of what I admire more about Kingsport.

“Even though we have differences of how things should be,” Clark said, “the people of Kingsport are still respectful of each others’ opinions and try to live our democracy in a positive way.”

A light breakfast of coffee, water, bagels and fruit will be available at the Kingsport event. No ticket or RSVP is required to attend, and no seating will be available because of the brief nature of the program.