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Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Special interfaith service will offer healing prayers

blog-prayer-IKF.jpgYou are invited to a special interfaith service on Thursday, May 7, the National Day of Prayer, at 1 p.m. in the Ingleside at King Farm Multipurpose Room.

The National Day of Prayer is held annually to join people of all faiths in prayer. Ingleside at King Farm has been participating for a couple of years.

“This year, our Spiritual Life Council proposed the theme of healing, so the prayers will be healing prayers from across cultures and religious traditions,” says IKF’s Chaplain, Rev. Richard Thayer. “The prayers will represent the variety of our international and interfaith community.”

The service will include prayers of healing spoken in several different languages. Prayers will be offered representing: Christianity, Judaism and Islam, and other spiritual traditions will be represented as well, including Catholicism and the mystical tradition of Sufism. A Hindu prayer will be based on the oldest sacred text on the planet. A Native American prayer will be offered by a member of the Osage tribe.

One of the participants is Nepalese, and she will offer a prayer in her native language.
“Fortunately, her family was spared” by the April 25 earthquake that struck Kathmandu, Rev. Thayer says. “I am confident people will be including Nepal and other places in their prayers, as well as people near and far. Our focus is for healing wherever it’s needed.”

Prayer and worship take several forms other than words, and spirituality through music and dance will be part of the IKF service. African-American spirituals will be sung, and a hula dance will evoke the spiritual traditions of Hawaii.

“Of course, since we have a Presbyterian tradition at Ingleside at King Farm, there will be a prayer out of the Presbyterian Book of Worship,” Rev. Thayer says. Several other Protestant traditions also will be represented.

The bulletin to be distributed at the service will include the text of each prayer and a brief introduction about the tradition it represents.

The National Day of Prayer was created by a joint resolution of Congress in 1952. President Ronald Reagan signed an amendment to the law that permanently set the date for the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.

Millions of people are expected to participate this year by joining prayer events and services or as individuals. The National Day of Prayer Task Force is inviting people to create a huge wave of prayer by reading a special prayer at noon EDT.

Residents of the Ingleside at King Farm have many opportunities to explore their spirituality, thanks to Rev. Thayer. Comfort for the soul is one of the ways the retirement community supports our residents’ total well-being and promotes our connections with the wider community.

Rev. Thayer hopes attendance at each year’s National Day of Prayer service will grow.

“The world needs people praying,” he says.

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