May 6, 2021

University Prays for Leaders on National Day of Prayer

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Vice President for Spiritual Development and Campus Pastor Dr. Bernie Cueto speaks in the DeSantis Family Chapel during National Day of Prayer.

Palm Beach Atlantic recognized National Day of Prayer with a special chapel service Thursday.

Vice President for Spiritual Development and Campus Pastor Dr. Bernie Cueto began with a few words about the origins of National Day of Prayer, which was created with a joint resolution of Congress in 1952 and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

“Thankfully, we live in a country where we can pray openly and with complete freedom,” Cueto said.

Provost Dr. Randy Richards offered prayer for the federal government, including the U.S. president, vice president, cabinet members, congressional leaders and Supreme Court justices.

Dr. James Todd, assistant professor of politics, prayed for the state government, including the governor and legislative leaders.

School of Arts & Sciences Dean Dr. Robert Lloyd, who previously worked in local government, prayed for local officials, including the West Palm Beach mayor, city council, police and fire chiefs, chief judge and county officials.

School of Nursing Dean Dr. Phyllis King, who grew up with many family members who served in the military beginning with World War II, prayed for veterans. King also has cared for numerous veterans throughout her nursing career.

School of Education and Behavioral Studies Dean Dr. Chelly Templeton prayed for public and private school educators and asked God for government leaders who understand the value of private and faith-based education.

School of Ministry and Catherine T. MacArthur School Dean Dr. Jon Grenz, who has spent his career either being a pastor or teaching future church leaders, prayed for the church at large.

Dr. Jason Lester, dean of the School of Music & Fine Arts and School of Communication & Media, prayed for families and reconciliation within families.

The special service opened and closed with a time of worship led by Joey Watson, chapel praise band coordinator. Watson led in the singing of the hymn “Blessed Assurance” and a modern arrangement of “Psalm 23 (Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy).”

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