Prayer Breakfast unites city

“DID you wake up this morning and say ‘Good morning Lord’ or did you wake up and say ‘Good Lord, it’s morning.”?

The comment Gympie Uniting Church Pastor Graham Bizzell set the tone for today’s fifth annual Gympie Mayoral Prayer Breakfast.

The event attracted a sell-out crowd who came together for numerous reasons including to hear the beautiful voice of Lachlan Baker and guest speaker Leigh Hatcher and as Mayor Ron Dyne said, to “bring people together as a community and rise above devastation”.

Prayers by Pastor Bizzell, Victory College principal Johannes Solymosi, Senior Constable Stephanie Vogler, Ross Davies, Cos Schuh and Bill Thorburn were devoted, in the main, to those throughout the world suffering from floods, earthquakes and civil unrest.

The devastation around the world and the consequences of that was the motivation behind Mr Hatcher’s address regarding The Big Picture.

A journalist with more than 30 years experience, an author, husband, father and Christian – not necessarily in that order – Mr Hatcher said he was “honoured” to be in Gympie and did not remember ever having had a “greater affinity” with an audience.

Comparing “snap shots” of life to the big picture, he showed, through words and projected images on a screen, how to view and cope with the snap shots via access to the big picture.