Gratitude flows at breakfast

Hope to the World sponsors 8th annual event

Erica Stephens of First Missionary Baptist Church is overcome with emotion during the 8th annual Prayer Breakfast hosted by Hope to the World Church.

AIDA MALLARD/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 3:20 p.m.

Gospel music and an outpouring of gratitude and love for God punctuated the 8th annual Prayer Breakfast hosted by Hope to the World Church.



* Pastor: The Rev. Robinsky Reed.

* Location: 1734 SE Hawthorne Road.

* Services: Sunday school is 8 a.m., followed by morning worship at 9 a.m. Saturday morning prayer is 10 a.m. Bible study and prayer are 6 p.m. Tuesday.

* Phone: 352-376-6447.

It was held Saturday morning at Springhill Baptist Church. The theme was taken from Matthew 21:22, which states, "And all things whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive."

About 200 people — many sporting western attire and representing various church congregations — came together with a unifying purpose to give God all of the glory and to be inspired and lifted up in heart and spirit by inspiring gospel music.

Those providing the singing included the Hope to the World Community Choir, the Gainey Family and Casey Jones of Gainesville Church of God By Faith, Debbie Giles of Hopeful Baptist Church in Lake City, and Brenda Thomas of First Missionary Baptist Church in southeast Gainesville. Thomas also provided scripture, which came from Psalm 34, and so did Giles, whose scripture was from Isaiah 43:1-3.

"I think the good Lord is here today," said Sharnda Mosley, a member of Hope to the World who presided over the breakfast. "We want you to relax. We told you to come as you are. We're going to treat you like royalty, and when you leave here, you will be prayed up and blessed."

"We've got to pray," said LaVern Porter, during her invocation and blessing of the food. "We've come to lift you up for Jesus."

"We praise you, God," continued Porter, a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church. "God help us to love everyone. Don't let us get in cliques and talk about people. God, we want to go to heaven."

Leanetta McNealy, also a member of Hope to the World, provided the welcome and occasion. She encouraged those attending the prayer breakfast to be mindful of God's goodness "as we lift our prayers to God's precious son, Jesus."

"Today, we have to pray more than ever in our lives and churches, so we can continue God's agenda," McNealy said.

Susie Mosley, a member of Hope to the World who founded the prayer breakfast and continues to organize it, thanked those in attendance and praised Springhill Baptist Church. "I'm so happy to be here this year," said Susie Mosley. "God has blessed us to be in this church. Thank you, everyone, for your continued support."

The Rev. Robinsky Reed, pastor of Hope to the World, recognized Susie Mosley and her committee. "You've blessed our hearts with your support through the years," Reed said.

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