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Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013 12:00 am

PRAYER FOR BREAKFAST

Behold the power of prayer: When a lawsuit threat last year from a national anti-religion group forced the City of Springfield to stop organizing the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, several groups in Springfield stepped in to organize the event privately. Okay, so that can’t really be attributed to prayer, but it’s certainly a testament to the local appetite for prayer. This year marks the 18th Annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, which Shelly Heideman, spokeswoman for the Springfield-based Faith Coalition for the Common Good, says is about bringing together the community to pray for a good year. “It’s the community coming together in unity, wanting what’s best for our community,” she said. Along with the Faith Coalition, the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association and the Ministerial Alliance of Springfield and Vicinity are jointly organizing the event, which Heideman says has drawn as many as 700 people in past years. She says five students from different faith traditions will offer spiritual readings, followed by a keynote speaker who is yet to be announced. The prayer breakfast is 7:30-9 a.m. on Nov. 19 at the Springfield Hilton, 700 East Adams Street. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling the Diocese of Springfield at 698-8500.

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