Cayman Islands’ legislators joined community members in giving praise and thanks to the Almighty in song, prayer and scripture readings at the 23rd annual Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast, held at the Ritz-Carlton today (Wednesday, 6 February 2019).
Greeting the annual event’s audience for the first time, His Excellency the Governor, Martyn Roper emphasised Cayman Islands’ healthy democracy and role model characteristics in the region.
The Speaker, Dr. the Hon. McKeeva Bush, in welcoming the gathering, noted that the tradition of holding the event was started by prominent Caymanian Dr. Edlin Merren at a time when the LA was a divided House in need of prayer and camaraderie. He added the event’s attendance was the best one so far.
With Councillor and MLA, Mr. Austin Harris as master of ceremonies, scripture readings were by Councillor and MLA, Ms Barbara Conolly on behalf of the Premier, Hon. Alden McLaughlin, Acting Chief Justice Hon. Richard Williams and MLA, Mr. Kenneth Bryan.
Leading the audience in prayer were Ms Carmen Conolly from East End (corporate prayer); CI Baptist Church Pastor, Dr. Randall Von Kanel (thanksgiving), St. George’s Anglican Church’s Rev. Mary Graham (for families), United Church Moderator Rev. Christopher Mason (for national leaders) and Journey Ministries Cayman Senior Leader, Pastor Felix Manzanares (for young people).
Guest speaker, Pastor Alson Ebanks of Church of God (Chapel) was introduced by MLA, Mr. Christopher Saunders.
Applying lessons from the Bible, notably from the life of Jesus Christ, to all practitioners, Pastor Ebanks underscored that with greater power comes greater responsibility and accountability, rather than greater privileges.
Following vote of thanks by Chief Officer in the Portfolio of Civil Service, Mrs. Gloria McField-Nixon, Pastor James R. Arch gave the benediction.
Musical items included the National Anthem by Ms Anika Connolly, National Song by Ms Diana DeMacardo, a solo by Rev. Ambassador Sylvia Wilks and hymns and songs by the gathering, led by Mr. Bush who was accompanied by organist Ms Katherine Jackson.