(Montgomery, AL) - The Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church Board of Church & Society hosted a prayer breakfast on February 1, 2018, at the Alabama State House in downtown Montgomery. State Auditor Jim Ziegler, State Treasurer Young Boozer, Chief Justice Lyn Stuart, Secretary of State John Merrill, Lynn Beshear with the Department of Mental Health, Former Chief Justice Sue Bell Cobb, President Cam West of Huntingdon College, Jeffrey Williams with the Department of Corrections, many representatives including Steve McMillan, Rusty Glover, K.L. Brown, Randy Davis and numerous area United Methodist pastors, United Methodist Women and lay persons gathered to pray for our state.
Rev. Ashley Davis from Woodland UMC offered the welcome and blessing. Representative Randy Davis, a staff member at Daphne UMC, also welcomed those in attendance. Rev. Davis encouraged lawmakers to review the handout provided offering Social Principles from the Book of Discipline addressing some of the issues facing them at the present time.
Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives, Mac McCutcheon, also welcomed the attendees and shared with the group fond memories of his time of serving as a lay minister in his church. He encouraged the group to live as servants and said that no matter how much we talk about a separation of church and state, you can't and should not separate your faith from what you do.
Guest speaker, Bishop David Graves of the Alabama-West Florida Conference, delivered a challenging message to all in attendance based on Acts 4. He encouraged lawmakers and clergy to not just act alone, that they need one another. He outlined some interesting notations of differences from where he came from in Tennessee to Alabama, especially the tax and school systems.
“This is the second year we have held the breakfast at the State House based on positive feedback we received last year. The location is more convenient for law makers and their busy schedules. The AWF Legislative prayer breakfast continues to be an engaging time of fellowship and prayer between our United Methodist leaders and state officials. The clergy and lay leaders in attendance felt that the opportunity to interact with government officials was worth their time. I'm especially grateful to the fellow AWF Conference Board of Church and Society members for their work,” said Rev. Ashley Davis, board member.
The breakfast concluded with the closing prayer from Rev. Tim Meadows of Woodland UMC.
Click here to see photos from the event. All photos by Luke Lucas.